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  • Perez comes through with two-run double in G2
    Salvador Perez came up with a big two-run double in the Royals' win in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday.

    Advice: Perez was just 5-for-39 in his first postseason before coming up with two runners on in the sixth inning. He changed that by smashing a Hunter Strickland pitch to the left-center gap, scoring both runs and winding up at second base. Perez later scored on an Omar Infante home run. The big hit came a day after Perez took Madison Bumgarner out for the Royals' only run in the Game 1 loss. If Perez gets going at the plate, it could mean good things for the Royals going forward.
    Yesterday, 8:40 pm
  • Hester signs minor-league deal with Phillies
    Phillies signed C John Hester to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The deal includes an invitation to spring training. The 31-year-old was outrighted off the Angels' 40-man roster in March and spent the year with their Triple-A affiliate, batting .261/.338/.411 in 71 games. With the Angels' claiming of Jackson Williams off waivers, Hester found a new organization where he might get a shot to provide some catching depth.
    Yesterday, 3:33 pm
    Not Active
    L, 4-1 x @Sea
  • Angels claim C Jackson Williams from Rox
    Angels claimed C Jackson Williams off waivers from the Rockies.

    Advice: Williams underwent surgery in late September to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, but he should be ready for the start of spring training in 2015. The 28-year-old will function as organizational catching depth for the Angels. He was the 43rd overall pick in the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft but owns a weak .235/.307/.361 career batting line at the Triple-A level.
    Yesterday, 1:18 pm
    Disabled List
    L, 10-5 x @LAD
  • Salvador Perez homers for Royals' lone run
    Salvador Perez smacked a solo homer for the Royals' only run in Tuesday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Madison Bumgarner left a 1-2 cutter over the plate with two outs in the seventh, and Perez put it into the bullpen. It was all the Royals could manage offensively, as they were thwarted in their one rally in the third inning. Alcides Escobar, Billy Butler and Mike Moustakas had the other Royals' hits.
    Tuesday, 8:46 pm
  • A.J. Pierzynski wants to play next season
    A.J. Pierzynski would like to continue his playing career next season.

    Advice: Pierzynski, who will turn 38 in December, was released by the Red Sox after struggling for three months, but the Cardinals picked him up and used him as a starter while Yadier Molina was hurt. His best days are clearly behind him, but Pierzynski should be able to land somewhere at least as a backup. "I want to play, obviously," said Pierzynski. "Physically I feel good. I still think I can contribute. I don’t know what will be out there, but I want to play."
    Sunday, 7:12 am
  • Nick Hundley's option will be declined
    The Orioles plan to decline Nick Hundley's $5 million option for 2015.

    Advice: He would be a fine backup catcher, but the Orioles can fill that role more cheaply with Caleb Joseph when they get Matt Wieters (elbow) back next season. Hundley has some pop but will probably have to settle for a backup job this offseason.
    Friday, 6:41 am
  • Tony Cruz goes deep in Cards' loss
    Filling in for the injured Yadier Molina (oblique), Tony Cruz ripped a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Cruz's deep blast to left field off of Madison Bumgarner in the fourth inning gave the Cardinals the lead, a lead they held until Michael Morse knotted things up with a homer in the eighth. He also drew a walk in the ninth inning to load the bases, but Oscar Taveras grounded out to end the threat. Matt Adams also went deep for the Cards.
    Thursday, 8:30 pm
    W, 1-0 ^ @Ari
  • Molina tried to talk way into lineup
    Yadier Molina (oblique) tried to talk his way into the lineup for Game 5 of the NLCS against the Giants on Thursday.

    Advice: Molina isn't able to swing a bat, so that pretty much ruled out the possibility. There's a chance he could play as a defensive replacement, but even that might be stretching it. Tony Cruz will start behind the plate in Game 5.
    Thursday, 2:26 pm
  • Cruz starting behind plate for NLCS Game 5
    Tony Cruz will start behind the plate for Game 5 of the NLCS against the Giants on Thursday.

    Advice: A.J. Pierzynski started behind the plate in Game 4, but Cruz will get the call as the Cardinals try to keep their season alive. In addition, Jhonny Peralta and Matt Adams have flip-flopped in the order. The full lineup: Matt Carpenter 3B, Jon Jay CF, Matt Holliday LF, Peralta SS, Adams 1B, Randal Grichuk RF, Kolten Wong 2B, Cruz C, Adam Wainwright SP.
    Thursday, 1:29 pm
    W, 1-0 ^ @Ari
  • Bucs plan to make qualifying offer to Martin
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Pirates are planning to extend a $15.3 million qualifying offer to impending free agent catcher Russell Martin.

    Advice: It's pretty much a no-brainer for the Bucs, who will attempt to re-sign Martin but can get a compensatory draft pick if he winds up heading to another team. Martin posted a cool .290/.402/.430 batting line in 111 games this season and is still considered a very strong defensive catcher at age 31. He'll be a hot commodity on the open market.
    Thursday, 10:11 am
  • 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.
    Thursday, 8:27 am
    W, 9-3 vs ^ SD
  • Vogt undergoes successful right foot surgery
    Stephen Vogt underwent successful foot surgery on Tuesday.

    Advice: Vogt had surgery to repair the plantar plates in his right foot, which he tore around midseason. He also had some scar tissue removed during the procedure. He'll need six-to-eight weeks to recover, which gives him plenty of time to be ready to go by spring training.
    Wednesday, 5:39 pm
    Player Note
    Stephen Vogt Oak - C,1B,OF
    W, 4-0 ^ @Tex
  • Molina (oblique) swings, but didn't feel good
    Yadier Molina (oblique) tried to swing the bat on Wednesday, but Cardinals manager Mike Matheny acknowledged that the injured catcher "did not feel good."

    Advice: The Cardinals are keeping Yadi active, but he seems doubtful to appear in another NLCS game unless it's to catch Trevor Rosenthal or Carlos Martinez in a save situation. Molina suffered a strained left oblique in the Cardinals' NLCS Game 2 win on Sunday night, and that type of injury often takes 3-4 weeks to recover from. A.J. Pierzynski is starting at catcher for St. Louis in Game 4 on Wednesday.
    Wednesday, 2:32 pm
  • Yadier Molina (oblique) to get cortisone shot
    Yadier Molina (oblique) is expected to get a cortisone shot on Tuesday or Wednesday.

    Advice: Molina suffered an oblique strain during Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday, but he insists that his season is not over. It's too soon to say when he'll play again, as he hasn't resumed swinging a bat, but it looks like it will simply be a matter of how much pain he can tolerate. A.J. Pierzynski is starting behind the plate for Game 3 on Tuesday.
    Tuesday, 12:08 pm
  • Molina could be used as defensive replacement
    The Cardinals haven't ruled out using Yadier Molina (oblique) as a defensive replacement in Game 3 of the NLCS against the Giants on Tuesday.

    Advice: Molina suffered an oblique strain on Sunday and isn't able to swing a bat, but he looked better than expected while playing catch and throwing the ball on Monday. Even if he doesn't play Monday, the Cardinals plan to keep him active in order for him to remain eligible if the club advances to the World Series.
    Tuesday, 10:43 am
  • A.J. Pierzynski in lineup for NLCS Game 3
    A.J. Pierzynski will start behind the plate in Game 3 of the NLCS against the Giants on Tuesday.

    Advice: With Yadier Molina sidelined due to an oblique injury, Pierzynski will make the start over Tony Cruz. The full lineup: Matt Carpenter 3B, Jon Jay CF, Matt Holliday LF, Matt Adams 1B, Jhonny Peralta SS, Pierzynski C, Kolten Wong 2B, Randal Grichuk RF, John Lackey SP.
    Tuesday, 9:37 am
  • Report: Ross not retiring, to play in 2015
    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports Red Sox catcher David Ross will play in 2015.

    Advice: Cotillo refutes a September report that Ross, 37, may retire after the 2014 season. A source close to Ross says the catcher would like to play one or two more years, and that a return to Boston could be in the cards. Ross helped the club win a World Series ring in 2013 but hit just .184/.260/.368 in 50 games this season and would likely return as a backup to Christian Vazquez if he did come back.
    Monday, 3:15 pm
    L, 9-5 vs ^ NYY
  • Matheny: Molina 'watch and see,' still active
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said catcher Yadier Molina (oblique) is "watch and see" and remains day-to-day.

    Advice: Matheny also said Molina played catch and was throwing the ball well Monday. On offense, he's still unable to swing a bat. The Cardinals would be best-served to keep him on the active roster for as long as possible, as removing him during the series would also strip him of eligibility for the World Series should they get there. That, like Molina returning to the lineup, is still a ways away at this point. A.J. Pierzynski and Tony Cruz will handle catching duties while Molina is sidelined.
    Monday, 3:05 pm
  • Yadier Molina (oblique) made Cards' charter
    Yadier Molina was on the Cardinals' chartered flight to San Francisco on Monday afternoon.

    Advice: But that doesn't really mean much. Molina suffered a strained left oblique muscle Sunday in Game 2 of the NLCS and is likely done for the remainder of the postseason. A.J. Pierzynski and Tony Cruz will fill in at catcher for the Cardinals, who are tied 1-1 with the Giants in the best-of-seven NLCS.
    Monday, 12:44 pm
  • Alex Avila (head) not considering retirement
    Alex Avila (head) said Monday that he has given no consideration to retiring from baseball.

    Advice: Avila suffered yet another concussion in the Tigers' ALDS Game 3 loss to the Orioles, but he was examined by a specialist last week and is expecting to be 100 percent for the start of spring training next February. "I had a CT scan and an MRI checking my brain and my neck and the arteries leading to it, and everything checks out normal and healthy," the 27-year-old catcher told on Monday afternoon. "And talking with the neurologist that examined everything, I shouldn't have any concern."
    Monday, 10:55 am
    W, 3-0 vs ^ Min
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