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

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

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

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

    Advice: Shields began feeling pain on October 12, and it made the Royals' decision to start Jason Vargas instead of Shields on regular rest in Game 4 on October 15 an easy one. He underwent a CT scan to determine the source of his discomfort but by then the team deduced he had already passed the stone. "It was excruciating pain," Shields said. "I wasn’t feeling good." Shields will get the ball in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.
    Yesterday, 3:41 pm
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 9:12 am
  • Cardinals, Lynn open to discussing extension
    According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals and Lance Lynn have expressed mutual interest in discussing a contract extension.

    Advice: Lynn will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter and is coming off a career year which saw him register a 2.74 ERA and 181 strikeouts across 203 2/3 innings. It's risky to commit long term to any pitcher, but the Cards have money to spend and Lynn's price will only rise through arbitration if he continues on his current career trajectory. The 27-year-old has become a legitimate No. 2 starter.
    Yesterday, 8:45 am
  • Taijuan Walker returns home from Fall League
    Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik confirmed Sunday that Taijuan Walker has left Surprise in the Arizona Fall League to return to his home in California.

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

    Advice: The biggest culprit for his demise in this one was a lack of command, evidenced by four free passes in his two-plus innings. He did manage to record a pair of strikeouts before departing. The 22-year-old had difficulty after a mid-season promotion to Double-A Mobile where he registered a 4.12 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 46/36 K/BB ratio over 54 2/3 innings. Until he can deliver the ball over the plate consistently, he won't be a legitimate option to join the Diamondbacks rotation.
    Sunday, 2:40 pm
    Not Active
    L, 1-0 vs StL
  • Pedro Hernandez elects free agency
    Pedro Hernandez has elected free agency.

    Advice: Hernandez had been removed from the Rockies' 40-man roster back in August. The left-hander held an ugly 6.42 ERA at Triple-A this season and will seek out another minor league pact.
    Sunday, 10:59 am
    Not Active
    L, 10-5 @LAD
  • 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.
    Sunday, 8:27 am
    W, 9-3 vs SD
  • John Lackey reiterates plans to play in 2015
    John Lackey on Friday reiterated his plans to play next season.

    Advice: Some have speculated that Lackey could retire rather than play under the Cardinals' $500,000 option for next season (which kicked in after he missed the 2012 campaign following Tommy John surgery). However, Lackey, who will turn 36 later this week, fully intends to honor the final year of his contract. "Great experience here," Lackey said. "Obviously it didn’t end the way we’d like it to. No complaints at all. A lot of young guys that will be back, and they’re big contributors. Definitely don’t see why not. The reason I came here was I had every intention of playing next year."
    Sunday, 7:07 am
  • Rangers GM Daniels eyeing Lewis extension
    After hiring a new manager, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said his next priority is to work on re-signing Colby Lewis.

    Advice: "We haven’t been able to spend much time on that," Daniels said of a new contract. "We can get back to that now." The Rangers have exclusive negotiating rights with Lewis through the end of the World Series. The 35-year-old went 10-14 with a 5.18 ERA in 29 starts with the club in 2014.
    Saturday, 3:31 pm
    L, 4-0 vs Oak
  • 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.
    Saturday, 3:03 pm
  • Hudson lined up for World Series Game 3 start
    Tim Hudson will start Game 3 of the World Series against the Royals.

    Advice: Hudson will take the hill when the Giants return to AT&T Park Friday. He'll look to get back on track after he allowed four runs over 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Cardinals in the NLCS. Royals manager Ned Yost hasn't yet announced who will oppose Hudson in Game 3.
    Saturday, 2:55 pm
  • Peavy tabbed for Game 2 start against Royals
    Jake Peavy will start Wednesday's Game 2 of the World Series for the Giants.

    Advice: Peavy was pulled early in a Game 2 loss to the Cardinals in the NLCS, but manager Bruce Bochy is going back to his veteran for a road start against the Royals. He'll be opposed by young flamethrower Yordano Ventura in a matchup of two very different pitchers. Peavy has struggled to go deep in any of his seven postseason starts in his career, never making it out of the sixth inning. He'll look to change that Wednesday.
    Saturday, 2:46 pm
  • Ventura slated for World Series Game 2 start
    Yordano Ventura will start Wednesday's Game 2 of the World Series for the Royals.

    Advice: Ventura left his last start with some tightness in his right shoulder, but it seems to be a minor issue and won't affect his readiness for the World Series. He will follow James Shields in the Royals rotation. In his first postseason, Ventura owns a 4.85 ERA over 13 innings.
    Saturday, 2:38 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.
    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.
    Saturday, 12:06 pm
  • Darvish (elbow) to undergo MRI in November
    Yu Darvish (elbow) will return to the United States in November to undergo a follow-up MRI on his right elbow.

    Advice: If all goes well with that exam, Darvish is expected to resume his normal offseason throwing program. The All-Star right-hander was shut down for the season in mid-August due to inflammation in his pitching elbow.
    Friday, 4:15 pm
    Disabled List
    L, 4-0 vs Oak
  • Tanner Scheppers (elbow) throws side session
    Tanner Scheppers (elbow) threw a bullpen session on Friday.

    Advice: Scheppers missed the majority of the 2014 season due to elbow issues, but Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Friday that the right-hander is now ahead of schedule in his recovery. He'll be used in a bullpen role next season.
    Friday, 1:25 pm
    Disabled List
    L, 4-0 vs Oak
  • Orioles to pick up Wei-Yin Chen's option
    The Orioles will exercise Wei-Yin Chen's $4.75 million option for 2015.

    Advice: It's obviously a no-brainer move. Chen has proved to be a bargain, as the O's paid him just $11 million over the last three seasons to post a 3.86 ERA and 1.27 WHIP across 86 starts. He'll be an integral part of their rotation again next season.
    Friday, 6:43 am
  • 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.
    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.
    Thursday, 8:55 pm
  • Michael Wacha serves up walk-off homer
    Michael Wacha served up a walk-off, three-run homer to Travis Ishikawa in the ninth inning of Thursday's loss to the Giants.

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

    Advice: Major league sources told Martino that they're expecting a team like the Red Sox to offer Shields a 4-5 year deal, and he says it's "difficult to imagine the Royals matching such an offer." It's no surprise, as Shields would presumably have to take a discount to stay in Kansas City. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported earlier this month that Shields should get a deal similar to Anibal Sanchez's five-year, $80 million pact.
    Thursday, 6:57 pm
  • 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.
    Wednesday, 9:05 pm
  • Miller can't get out of fourth against Giants
    Shelby Miller couldn't get out of the fourth inning of Wednesday's NLCS Game 4 start against the Giants, allowing three runs on six hits over 3 2/3 innings in a no-decision.

    Advice: The first batter of the game, Gregor Blanco, sent a ball out to center field that bounced off Jon Jay's glove for a double, an ominous start for the young right-hander. Runners were on base all night -- along with his six hits allowed he also walked two -- and manager Mike Matheny ended his night with two outs in the fourth. With the Cardinals trailing 3-1 in the series, the start may have been Miller's last this postseason. At least he was more visible this year than he was last.
    Wednesday, 9:04 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.
    Wednesday, 9:03 pm
  • Vargas pitches well, KC completes ALCS sweep
    Jason Vargas limited the Orioles to one run over 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in Game 4 of the ALCS.

    Advice: The Royals could have gone with staff ace James Shields in this one because of Monday's rainout, but they stuck by Vargas and he delivered, yielding just two hits over his five-plus frames. Royals manager Ned Yost wisely went to the bullpen in the top of the sixth inning and the KC relief corps was again dominant, finishing off the ALCS sweep. The Royals are headed to their first World Series in 29 years.
    Wednesday, 4:20 pm
  • Miguel Gonzalez takes loss in ALCS Game 4
    Miguel Gonzalez allowed two runs -- one earned -- over 5 2/3 innings Wednesday in the Orioles' ALCS Game 4 loss to the Royals.

    Advice: It was a four-game sweep for the Royals, who are headed to their first World Series since 1985. Gonzalez didn't pitch horribly, but the Baltimore bats were again held quiet by the Kansas City pitching staff in the 2-1 loss. The Royals are now 8-0 this postseason.
    Wednesday, 4:15 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.
    Wednesday, 2:07 pm
  • Tillman lined up to start Game 5 ALCS
    Chris Tillman would start Game 5 of the ALCS against the Royals if the Orioles are still alive.

    Advice: That's also assuming that he's not used in relief on Wednesday, as it will be all hands on deck in an elimination game. Tillman gave up five runs over 4 1/3 innings in Game 1.
    Wednesday, 11:01 am
  • Josh Johnson (elbow) has resumed throwing
    Josh Johnson (elbow) played catch last week for the first time since Tommy John surgery in April.

    Advice: "I'm very excited. … It's been a long time," said Johnson, who signed a one-year, $8 million deal with the Padres last winter, but never threw a pitch for the club during the regular season. The team has until three days after the conclusion of the World Series to decide whether to pick up his $4 million club option for 2015. It's possible that they could try to work out a new deal even if they decline it.
    Wednesday, 10:07 am
    Disabled List
    L, 9-3 @SF
  • Wei-Yin Chen solid but Orioles lose
    Wei-Yin Chen was solid but not good enough Tuesday, getting charged with two runs on seven hits and a walk over 5 1/3 frames in the ALCS Game 3 loss.

    Advice: Chen struck out four and all seven hits he allowed were singles. He gave up an RBI groundout in the fourth, though, and the go-ahead run came home in the sixth on a sac fly by Billy Butler after the lefty exited the game. The Orioles will turn to Miguel Gonzalez in Game 4 as they look to stave off elimination.
    Tuesday, 8:19 pm
  • Tim Hudson good early, fades late in Game 3
    Tim Hudson was good early but faded late in Tuesday's 5-4 NLCS Game 3 victory over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Hudson was spotted a 4-0 lead after the Giants plated four runs in the bottom of the first, but the Cards chipped away with two runs in the fourth and another tally in the sixth. Even though Hudson appeared to be clearly fading, manager Bruce Bochy sent him out for the seventh and he served up a one-out, game-tying solo homer to Randal Grichuk. The Giants eventually won it in extras on a Randy Choate throwing error. Hudson is set up for Game 7 in St. Louis if the series goes the distance.
    Tuesday, 5:05 pm
  • John Lackey rebounds from tough first inning
    John Lackey was charged with four runs on five hits and a walk over six innings in Tuesday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Lackey had a rough first inning, leaving some balls up and allowing all four of his runs, including a bases-clearing double by Travis Ishikawa. He really settled in after that, though, allowing just one hit and a hit by pitch over the next five frames. The Cardinals battled back to tie it up and take Lackey off the hook, but they eventually fell in the 10th inning.
    Tuesday, 4:49 pm
  • Royals sticking with Vargas in Game 4
    Jason Vargas remains the Royals' scheduled starter for Game 4 of the ALCS on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Royals could have pushed James Shields up to start on regular rest following Monday's rainout, but manager Ned Yost has decided to stick with Vargas. The veteran left-hander allowed just two runs over six strong innings in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Angels.
    Tuesday, 3:17 pm
  • Miguel Gonzalez to start Game 4 of ALCS
    Miguel Gonzalez will start for the Orioles in Game 4 of the ALCS on Wednesday.

    Advice: As was expected. Gonzalez has not pitched in a game this October, but he posted a cool 3.23 ERA across 159 innings during the regular season and will try to shut down the Royals on Wednesday night in Kansas City. He'll be facing off against Jason Vargas.
    Tuesday, 2:03 pm
  • Royals could start Shields in ALCS Game 4
    Royals manager Ned Yost indicated that James Shields could start Game 4 of the ALCS against the Orioles on Wednesday.

    Advice: Shields, who gave up four runs over five innings in Game 1, would be going on normal rest. However, Yost could decide to give him an extra day and hold him back until a potential Game 5 on Thursday. Jason Vargas is the alternative to start Game 4.
    Monday, 1:57 pm
  • Chris Tillman could start Game 4 of ALCS
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Monday that Chris Tillman is an option to start Game 4 of the ALCS against the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Showalter likely won't make a final decision until after Game 3. Tillman gave up five runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings in Game 1 last Friday. He would be going on normal rest if he gets the call in Game 4. Using Miguel Gonzalez is the alternative.
    Monday, 1:50 pm
  • Chen still in line to start ALCS Game 3
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that Wei-Yin Chen will still start Game 3 of the ALCS against the Royals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Monday's scheduled game got pushed back to Tuesday because of rain, but Showalter isn't making any changes. Chen allowed five runs over just 3 2/3 innings in Game 2 of the ALDS against the Tigers back on October 3.
    Monday, 1:47 pm
  • Wacha being used as extra-inning reliever
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny acknowledged Monday that Michael Wacha is an "extra-inning reliever."

    Advice: Wacha missed a large chunk of the regular season's second half with a shoulder injury and is still rediscovering the feel for his pitches, so the Cardinals have been reluctant to use him in high-leverage situations so far in these playoffs. "Michael gives us definitely some flexibility, and we can use him in a different role, but right now that’s pretty valuable to us knowing that we can be quick (to other relievers), like we were," Matheny told reporters after NLCS Game 2. "It leaves a huge need in case we come back and tie the game."
    Monday, 6:58 am
  • Lynn pitches well in no-decision vs. Giants
    Lance Lynn pitched well in a no-decision against the Giants in Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday, allowing two runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings of work.

    Advice: The hard-throwing right-hander struck out three and walked one in the ballgame. He cruised through the first four innings virtually unscathed, until Joaquin Arias got the Giants on the board with an RBI ground out in the fifth. They added an additional run on an RBI single by Hunter Pence in the sixth inning to even the score and complete the damage against him. The Cardinals will hand the ball to John Lackey in Game 3 as they look to take an advantage in the best-of-seven series.
    Oct 12, 9:05 pm
  • Jake Peavy lasts just four innings in Game 2
    Jake Peavy lasted just four innings in Game 2 of the NLCS against the Cardinals on Sunday, surrendering two runs on four hits.

    Advice: Peavy also issued three walks and struck out a pair on the evening. He was tagged for a solo home run by Matt Carpenter in the third inning, and the Cardinals scratched out another run in the fourth courtesy of an RBI single off the bat of Randall Grichuk. With the series now knotted up at a game apiece, the Giants will turn to Tim Hudson in Game 3 when the series shifts back to San Francisco.
    Oct 12, 8:56 pm
  • Tim Hudson tabbed to start Game 3 of NLCS
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed Sunday that Tim Hudson will start Game 3 of the NLCS against the Cardinals.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander surrendered just one run over 7 1/3 innings in his lone start in the Divisional Series. Ryan Vogelsong will follow in Game 4 with Madison Bumgarner taking the ball again in Game 5.
    Oct 12, 2:48 pm
  • Jason Vargas officially named Game 4 starter
    Jason Vargas was officially named the Royals' ALCS Game 4 starter on Sunday.

    Advice: Manager Ned Yost had indicated that they were leaning towards Vargas in Game 4, and now he's made it official. Jeremy Guthrie will get the ball in Game 3 on Monday as Kansas City looks to take a 3-0 lead in the series.
    Oct 12, 11:41 am
  • Wainwright says his issues were mechanical
    Adam Wainwright said after Saturday's game that his right elbow is "not 100 percent, but I think it was 100 percent better than the last time I pitched."

    Advice: Waino insists that his issues against the Giants were more mechanical than physical. "Where I was at a loss was that the ball wasn't coming out like it should have, and that was because it was probably a foot behind where I normally throw," he said. "I'm normally about a foot closer to the plate when I release the ball, which makes it harder to hit, obviously, but also gives me better finish on all those balls." Wainwright has yet to go five innings in either of his two starts this postseason, but it doesn't sound like he's in any danger of being removed from the rotation. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said after the game that Waino "did a nice job of fighting without his best stuff" and that the righty "goes out there and finds a way to get it done." Wainwright is lined up to start Game 5 in San Francisco, assuming the series lasts that long.
    Oct 12, 5:56 am
  • Wainwright struggles in NLCS Game 1 loss
    Adam Wainwright struggled to be effective Saturday, giving up six hits and three runs -- two earned -- in 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Giants in Game 1 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Wainwright seemed to quiet all the talk leading into the game about his health with a quick first inning, but the Giants scraped across two runs in the second with the help of a Matt Carpenter fielding error. Even with his defense not helping him out, Wainwright labored all night -- the right-hander walked three while striking out just two, and he needed 98 pitched to get through 4 2/3 innings. The start was the second rough outing for Wainwright this postseason, and the questions about his health will surely resurface following Saturday's unusual performance.
    Oct 11, 8:35 pm
  • Bumgarner, Giants shut out Cards in Game 1
    Madison Bumgarner threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings, and the Giants shut out the Cardinals 3-0 in Saturday's NLCS Game 1 win.

    Advice: Bumgarner continued carving up his competition this postseason, giving up just four hits and a walk while striking out seven in the start. He barely had to work until the seventh inning, when the Cardinals got two runners on to bring the tying run to the plate. Bumgarner responded by striking out pinch-hitter Tony Cruz to end the threat. He's now allowed just two earned runs over 23 2/3 innings in October.
    Oct 11, 8:34 pm
  • Ventura (shoulder) not expected to miss start
    Royals manager Ned Yost said he doesn't expect Yordano Ventura (shoulder) to miss his next start.

    Advice: Ventura left Saturday's start against the Orioles with right shoulder tightness, but the Royals classified him as day-to-day from the beginning and it doesn't sound too serious. Still, the Royals would likely prefer to take care of business before a potential Game 6 to give Ventura some time to rest. Ventura allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings before exiting Saturday's Game 2, and he didn't factor in the decision.
    Oct 11, 5:51 pm
  • Giants, Peavy have had preliminary talks
    Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area reports the Giants and Jake Peavy have had very preliminary discussions about a new contract.

    Advice: Baggarly referred to the talks as "pencil-sketch conversations," so it doesn't seem that anything is terribly imminent. Still, Baggarly notes that the club will make Peavy a priority this winter, and his resurgence since a mid-season deal has helped his stock in negotiations. Peavy will first focus on the Cardinals, getting the start in Sunday's Game 2 of the NLCS.
    Oct 11, 4:38 pm
  • Ventura leaves with right shoulder tightness
    Yordano Ventura left Saturday's ALCS Game 2 due to right shoulder tightness.

    Advice: Ventura grimaced on his final pitch and left rather abruptly, but the Royals are calling him day-to-day for now. He wasn't particularly sharp before exiting, so the injury may have factored in his struggles. Ventura allowed four runs over 5 2/3 innings, and it's unclear how the injury impacts his availability going forward.
    Oct 11, 4:13 pm
  • Ventura exits ALCS Game 2 start with injury
    Yordano Ventura left his start in Game 2 of the ALCS due to injury.

    Advice: Ventura was looking to get out of the sixth inning when he seemed to hurt himself on a pitch. After a visit from Royals trainer Nick Kenney, Ventura walked off. The hard-throwing right-hander allowed four runs on five hits and three walks through 5 2/3 innings before exiting. The Royals should give an update on his status shortly.
    Oct 11, 3:48 pm
  • Jason Vargas likely to start Game 4 of ALCS
    Royals skipper Ned Yost said Saturday that Jason Vargas would "probably" start Game 4 of the ALCS against the Orioles.

    Advice: With Jeremy Guthrie taking the hill in Game 3 and Vargas on tap for Game 4, Danny Duffy will continue to be a weapon available out of the bullpen. Vargas allowed just two runs over six strong innings in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Angels.
    Oct 11, 11:48 am
  • Shields survives five innings against Orioles
    James Shields lasted just five innings in Game 1 of the ALCS against the Orioles on Friday, allowing four runs on 10 hits in the process.

    Advice: Shields struck out three and walked one on the evening. Once again, he failed to live up to his "Big Game James" moniker, even after being staked to an early 4-0 lead. The O's fought back with a run in the third and three more in the fourth inning, highlighted by a two-out, two-run single by Ryan Flaherty. The Royals will hand the ball to Yordano Ventura for Game 2 on Saturday as the Royals look to take a commanding lead in the best-of-seven series.
    Oct 10, 10:01 pm
  • Tillman struggles against Royals in Game 1
    Chris Tillman struggled in a no-decision against the Royals in Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday, surrendering five runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander walked a pair and struck out three on the evening. Most of the damage against him came in the third inning, where Alcides Escobar launched a solo home run and Alex Gordon delivered a bloop three-run double down the right field line to give the Royals an early 4-0 advantage. They would tack on another run on a sacrifice fly in the fifth before chasing Tillman. The O's will now turn to Wei-Yin Chen as they look to even the series on Saturday.
    Oct 10, 9:53 pm
  • Wainwright: Elbow issue 'being way overblown'
    Adam Wainwright said Friday that he's "fine" and that his elbow issue is "being way overblown."

    Advice: "It's fine," he said. "The problem I have is being way overblown. I'll be fine to pitch like I always do." Wainwright dealt with some tendinitis earlier this season and the issue has flared up again recently. He was bashed for six runs in 4 1/3 innings against the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLDS, but the big right-hander doesn't seem to think that the injury will be a problem going forward.
    Oct 10, 12:08 pm
  • Red Sox 'early favorites' to land Shields
    Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that the Red Sox are the "early favorites" to sign impending free agent James Shields.

    Advice: Yes, Shields is just a few hours away from starting Game 1 of the ALCS, but we're already talking about where he might sign this winter. For what it's worth, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald has written that "the pitching-needy Sox will undoubtedly try to lure Shields," so it does appear the big right-hander will be at or near the top of the Red Sox' wish list this offseason. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported Thursday that the Royals will attempt to re-sign Shields, who he says should get a deal similar to Anibal Sanchez's five-year, $80 million pact.
    Oct 10, 6:44 am
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