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  • 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. Today, 6:44 pm
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 ^ @Atl
  • 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. Today, 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. Today, 4:03 pm
  • Corey Seager batting third in NLDS Game 1
    Corey Seager is starting at shortstop and batting third for the Dodgers in Friday's Game 1 of the NLDS versus the Mets.

    Advice: Just two of Seager's 21 starts in the majors have come in the third spot in the lineup, but clearly manager Don Mattingly has plenty of faith in the 21-year-old's bat. And why shouldn't he, given Seager's .337/.425/.561 batting line to start his career. Also worth noting is that, as expected, Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier are at the corner outfield spots and Yasiel Puig is on the bench. Today, 2:14 pm
  • Ruben Tejada starting at SS in Game 1
    Ruben Tejada is starting at shortstop and batting eighth in Game 1 of the NLDS versus the Dodgers.

    Advice: Wilmer Flores has been battling strep throat of late, and while he's available off the bench, the Mets are going with the stronger defender at shortstop in Tejada. Also noteworthy is that Michael Cuddyer is in left field over Michael Conforto, as expected, versus lefty Clayton Kershaw. Today, 2:09 pm
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Was
  • 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. Today, 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. Today, 8:41 am
  • Chris Gimenez starting at catcher Friday
    Chris Gimenez is starting at catcher and hitting eighth for the Rangers in Friday's Game 2 of the ALDS.

    Advice: Robinson Chirinos homered in Game 1 Thursday, but he's on the bench the next day with the Rangers preferring to pair Gimenez with Cole Hamels. Gimenez hit .255/.330/.490 with five homers in 36 games for Texas this season. Today, 6:59 am
    W, 9-2 vs ^ LAA
  • 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. Today, 6:36 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. Yesterday, 8:47 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. Yesterday, 1:56 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. Yesterday, 11:51 am
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 ^ @Atl
  • Matt Adams not on Cardinals' NLDS roster
    Matt Adams is not on the Cardinals' NLDS roster.

    Advice: Adams hasn't been able to get back in a groove after missing much of the summer with a torn quad. He could be an option if the Cardinals advance past the Cubs. Yesterday, 11:47 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. Yesterday, 11:26 am
    W, 6-1 ^ @Min
  • Josh Wilson won't be back with Tigers in '16
    Tigers GM Al Avila announced Thursday that Josh Wilson will not be brought back for the 2016 season.

    Advice: Wilson batted .316/.350/.395 this season for the Tigers, but that came in a sample size of just 41 plate appearances. He's a .229/.280/.319 hitter for his career. The 34-year-old infielder should be able to latch on with a new organization this winter, though it might have to be on a non-guaranteed minor league deal. Yesterday, 11:01 am
    Player Note
    Josh Wilson Det - 2B,3B
    W, 6-0 ^ @CWS
  • Villar not on Astros' roster for the ALDS
    Jonathan Villar is not on the Astros' roster for their ALDS matchup against the Royals.

    Advice: Villar stole a base and scored as a pinch-runner in Tuesday night's American League Wild Card Game victory over the Yankees, but the 'Stros will get back to basics with their 25-man roster for this best-of-five ALDS. Yesterday, 9:13 am
    L, 5-3 x @Ari
  • Tulo batting fifth for Jays in Game 1 of ALDS
    Troy Tulowitzki is batting fifth for the Blue Jays in Game 1 of the ALDS Thursday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Tulo missed much of September with a small crack in his shoulder blade and acknowledged this week that he is not yet 100 percent, but the star shortstop will play through the pain for however long the Blue Jays can make a run. The full starting lineup for Game 1: Ben Revere LF, Josh Donaldson 3B, Jose Bautista RF, Edwin Encarnacion DH, Troy Tulowitzki SS, Justin Smoak 1B, Russell Martin C, Ryan Goins 2B, Kevin Pillar CF. David Price is on the mound for the Jays, who are in their first postseason since 1993. Yesterday, 9:01 am
  • 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. Yesterday, 8:52 am
  • Tulowitzki (shoulder) ready to go for ALDS
    Troy Tulowitzki (shoulder) said Tuesday that he's not pain-free, but he's ready to go for the ALDS against the Rangers.

    Advice: Tulowitzki suffered a small crack in his shoulder blade in a collision with teammate Kevin Pillar on September 12, but he returned to action over the weekend and went 3-for-8 in two games. "I'm not pain-free," said Tulowitzki. "Some soreness in there, as can be expected. But that doesn't mean I can't play." With Tulo back in the lineup, Ryan Goins will likely move back to second base while Cliff Pennington will slide into a bench role. Wednesday, 7:08 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Seager hits solo home run in perfect finish
    Corey Seager finished out the 2015 regular season with a perfect day, going 3-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Sunday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: Seager clubbed his fourth home run of the season in the sixth inning. While he only saw 98 at-bats this season, he made the most of them while working to a superb .337/.425/.561 triple-slash with four homers and 17 RBI. On Saturday, Jimmy Rollins said that the Dodgers would be rolling with Seager in the playoffs, so he'll have a chance to become a household name if he delivers over the next few weeks. Sunday, 3:33 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ruben Tejada expected to start in playoffs
    Mets manager Terry Collins said Saturday that Ruben Tejada would likely be his starter at shortstop for Game 1 of the NLDS against the Dodgers.

    Advice: While Wilmer Flores offers much more offensively, Tejada is the more sure-handed fielder and runs should be at a premium with Clayton Kershaw on the hill for the Dodgers. Flores has also been dealing with strep throat in recent days though, and his health may prelude him from playing a major role early in October. Saturday, 7:57 am
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Was
  • Seager to start at shortstop during playoffs
    Jimmy Rollins confirmed Friday that the Dodgers have decided to roll with rookie Corey Seager at shortstop for the postseason.

    Advice: Rollins noted, "We had a conversation and that's the way it was said: 'We're going to go with the kid. That's the lineup we feel is best.'" The 21-year-old phenom has been outstanding in his limited time with the big league club, slashing .316/.404/.516 with three homers and 16 RBI in 95 at-bats. Saturday, 6:12 am
  • Tulowitzki collects two hits in return Friday
    Troy Tulowitzki (shoulder) returned to the Blue Jays starting lineup on Friday, going 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored.

    Advice: It's as if the hard-hitting shortstop didn't miss a beat. He showed no signs of rust after having been sidelined since September 12 due to a crack in his shoulder blade. He's expected to be rested on Saturday and will play in the regular season finale on Sunday. Saturday, 5:48 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • Tulowitzki (shoulder) likely to rest Saturday
    Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said that the plan for Troy Tulowitzki (shoulder) was to play him Friday, rest him Saturday and play him again in the final game of the regular season.

    Advice: Tulowitzki's already in Friday's lineup against the Rays, so that part of the equation is complete. He last played on September 12, missing multiple weeks due to a crack in his left shoulder blade. Obviously, this tentative weekend plan of play, off, play could change if there are any setbacks on Friday. Friday, 2:06 pm
  • Tulowitzki (shoulder) in lineup vs Rays
    Troy Tulowitzki (shoulder) is in the lineup for Friday's game against the Rays.

    Advice: Tulo hadn't played since September 12, as he's been working his way back from a crack in his left shoulder blade. He'll be playing shortstop and batting seventh on Friday. Prior to the injury, he was hitting .232/.3414/.368 with five homers and 17 RBI across 39 games with the Blue Jays. Those in daily leagues could roll the dice and hope that the ultra-talented Tulowitski has a vintage game, but we would advise against it, both due to the long layoff and his poor numbers even before the injury. Friday, 12:48 pm
  • Tulowitzki feels good after simulated action
    Troy Tulowitzki (shoulder) said that he felt good after participating in simulated action on Friday.

    Advice: Tulowitzki indicated that his muscles are still a little sore, but he feels that he is rebounding well overall. He hasn't played since September 12 due to a small break in his left shoulder blade. The soon-to-be-31 Tulo was hitting just .232/.314/.368 with five homers and 17 RBI over 39 games with the Blue Jays prior to the injury. He could play in this weekend's series against the Rays. Friday, 12:21 pm
  • 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
  • Tulowitzki (shoulder) could return Saturday
    Troy Tulowitzki (shoulder) is scheduled to face "live pitching in a simulated environment" on Friday.

    Advice: Assuming all goes well, he could make his return to the Blue Jays' lineup on Saturday. Tulowitzki hasn't played since September 12 with a small crack in his left shoulder blade, but he expects to be ready to go for the postseason. Thursday, 1:33 pm
  • Tulo (shoulder) likely to return on Saturday
    Troy Tulowitzki (shoulder) is expected to return to the Blue Jays' starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Tulo probably could have played Thursday and/or Friday, but the Jays clinched the American League East on Wednesday so they'll play it safe. The star shortstop has been out since September 12 with a small crack in his left scapula. He took another successful round of batting practice on Thursday morning. Thursday, 8:17 am
  • Tulo (shoulder) not in Jays' lineup Thursday
    Troy Tulowitzki (shoulder) is not in the Blue Jays' starting lineup Thursday against the Orioles.

    Advice: There was some thought that Tulo might return Thursday, but that idea was probably nixed after the Jays clinched the AL East on Wednesday. Toronto is running out a lineup of reserves Thursday afternoon in Baltimore. Tulo should get in some action over the weekend and then be locked and loaded for the playoffs. He's been out since September 12 with a small crack in his left scapula. Thursday, 7:52 am
  • 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
  • Corey Seager taking over at shortstop
    Corey Seager has started three out of the last four games at shortstop for the Dodgers.

    Advice: That includes a start Tuesday even with lefty Madison Bumgarner on the mound for the Giants. Manager Don Mattingly had said previously that Jimmy Rollins would get his starting job back when he recovered from his finger injury, but he's healthy now and Seager is still starting. The skipper refused to say that Seager has officially usurped Rollins, but he did acknowledge that he had a conversation with Rollins about the situation. Seager has hit .333/.423/.560 with three homers in his first 23 major league games and it's clear that he's the club's top option at shortstop moving forward. Wednesday, 6:38 am
  • Seager adds RBI single as Dodgers beat SF
    Corey Seager's lone hit in five at-bats was an RBI single, helping the Dodgers blank the Giants 8-0 on Tuesday.

    Advice: The RBI didn't matter much as it boosted the Dodgers' lead to 5-0 in the eighth inning. Seager has reached base in all 21 games in which he has started and now carries a .333/.423/.560 triple-slash line with three home runs, 15 RBI, and 15 runs scored over 97 plate appearances. Tuesday, 10:13 pm
  • Tulo (shoulder) expected back this weekend
    Troy Tulowitzki (shoulder) is expected to return to the Blue Jays' lineup by this weekend.

    Advice: There's a chance he could play as soon as Thursday, but Friday in Tampa Bay looks to be the more likely scenario. Tulowitzki took batting practice for the second consecutive day on Tuesday and hasn't had any setbacks with his shoulder. He expects to have to play through a bit of pain, but it's not something he's overly concerned with. Tulo has been out since suffering a small crack in his left scapula on September 12. Tuesday, 5:59 pm
  • Seager collects two hits, RBI in loss to SF
    Corey Seager went 2-for-5 with an RBI single but the Dodgers dropped Monday's contest 3-2 to the Giants in 13 innings.

    Advice: Seager got the Dodgers on the board with an RBI single in the third inning off of Jake Peavy, but it would prove to be a low-offense night. The rookie is brandishing a terrific .342/.435/.582 batting line with three home runs, 13 RBI, and 14 runs scored since debuting on September 3. Monday, 11:24 pm
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