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  • Tolleson elects free agency
    Steve Tolleson has elected free agency.

    Advice: Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos accused Tolleson of quitting on the team earlier this year over an injury. Needless to say, he's highly unlikely to return. 53 minutes ago
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    L, 12-3 x @TB
  • Todd Redmond elects free agency
    Todd Redmond has elected free agency.

    Advice: Redmond was outrighted off the Blue Jays' 40-man roster three times this season. The 30-year-old right-hander spent most of the year in Triple-A and will look for a better opportunity elsewhere. Today, 5:43 am
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  • Matt Harvey only goes five but still wins
    Matt Harvey lasted just five innings Monday but was good enough to pick up the victory in the Mets' 13-7 NLDS Game 3 win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Harvey set the Dodgers down in order in the first inning, but it was a grind for him after that. He gave up four straight singles to start the second to put the Mets in an early 3-0 hole and had to work to strand five runners over the next three frames. He did record seven strikeouts but also allowed seven hits and walked two, needing 97 pitches to complete the five frames. The Mets will attempt to finish off the Dodgers on Tuesday with Steven Matz on the hill. Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Brett Anderson rocked by Mets in Game 3
    Brett Anderson was lit up for six runs over just three innings of work in Monday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Anderson retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the first inning and was then staked to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second. He gave it right up by yielding four runs in the bottom of the second before serving up a two-run shot to Travis d'Arnaud in the third. It was an ugly outing from the left-hander and further enhances the notion that the Dodgers can only really trust two starters. One of those starters, Clayton Kershaw, will get the ball on short rest in Game 4 Tuesday as the Dodgers try to avoid elimination. Yesterday, 9:40 pm
  • Mets blow out Dodgers to take 2-1 NLDS lead
    Yoenis Cespedes went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer in Monday's win over the Dodgers in Game 3 of the NLDS.

    Advice: This one started out in the Dodgers' favor quickly, as they raced to a 3-0 lead after Yasmani Grandal cleared the bases on a two-RBI single plus a throwing error. However, the Mets then scored the next 10 runs as they cruised to a blowout victory. Cespedes' three-run shot in the fourth inning gave the Mets their 10th run and it was a long blast that reached the upper deck at Citi Field. Travis d'Arnaud also homered for the Mets and Curtis Granderson drove in five runs. Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Howie Kendrick goes deep in Dodgers' loss
    Howie Kendrick singled and smacked a three-run homer in Monday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Kendrick's longball was a stats-padder if there ever was one, as he homered in the ninth inning to cut the Mets' lead to 13-7. It's been a nice series so far for the veteran second baseman, as he has picked up five hits over 13 at-bats while driving in four runs. Adrian Gonzalez also homered for the Dodgers in a losing effort. Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • Michael Wacha struggles in Game 3 loss
    Michael Wacha was touched up for four runs over just 4 1/3 innings in Monday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Wacha really struggled in September and his issues carried over into his first postseason outing. He served up three home runs on the day, walked three and needed 90 pitches to cover the 4 1/3 frames. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny made a blunder in not pulling Wacha sooner, and the righty allowed a go-ahead homer to Kris Bryant in the fifth before finally getting the heave-ho. St. Louis will go with John Lackey on short rest in Game 4 as they attempt to stave off elimination. Yesterday, 7:16 pm
  • Lackey to start NLDS Game 4 on short rest
    John Lackey will start Game 4 of the NLDS for the Cardinals against the Cubs Tuesday on short rest.

    Advice: Manager Mike Matheny ultimately didn't like the chances of his other options (Lance Lynn, Jaime Garcia, Tyler Lyons) sending the series back to St. Louis, so he'll go with the reliable veteran on three days' rest. Lackey has made two postseason starts on short rest in his career, producing a 1.69 ERA. He'll oppose Jason Hammel. Yesterday, 6:51 pm
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 @Atl
  • Dickey solid but only goes 4 2/3 frames
    R.A. Dickey lasted just 4 2/3 innings but allowed only one run in Monday’s 8-4 ALDS Game 4 victory over the Rangers.

    Advice: Dickey gave up five hits, didn’t walk anyone and struck out three on the day. The Rangers dented the scoreboard in the third inning on a wild pitch, but overall they really never got much going against the knuckleballer. However, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons didn’t want to take any chances, lifting Dickey in favor of David Price after the righty let one runner on in the fifth. Dickey should get another start in the ALCS if Toronto advances. Yesterday, 5:06 pm
  • Eric Hosmer drives in three, KC takes Gm. 4
    Eric Hosmer went 2-for-5 with a homer and three RBI in the Royals' ALDS Game 4 win over the Astros.

    Advice: Hosmer was retired in his first three at-bats of the afternoon, but he hit an RBI single and scored the go-ahead run in the Royals' big five-run eighth inning and then the 25-year-old first baseman cranked a two-run shot for insurance in the top of the ninth. It was a remarkable comeback for the visiting Royals. This best-of-five will be decided on Wednesday in Kansas City. Yesterday, 2:19 pm
  • Ventura gives up three earned in ALDS Gm. 4
    Yordano Ventura gave up three earned runs over five innings, but the Royals defeated the Astros in Game 4 of the ALDS on Monday afternoon in Houston.

    Advice: Ventura surrendered solo homers to Carlos Gomez and Carlos Correa in the second and third innings, and then Correa got to him again with an RBI double down the right field line in the bottom of the fifth. It looked like the Astros had punched their ticket to the ALCS when they tacked on another three runs on the Kansas City bullpen in the bottom of the seventh, but the Royals offense marched back with a five-run top of the eighth. Ventura has struggled in these playoffs, but he will be heavily relied on again if K.C. advances to the American League Championship Series. Yesterday, 2:15 pm
  • Clayton Kershaw starting Game 4 on short rest
    Clayton Kershaw will start Game 4 of the NLDS versus the Mets on three days' rest.

    Advice: Most figured it would be Kershaw on short rest if the Dodgers lose Game 3, but manager Don Mattingly isn't waiting to see what happens in that contest. It's not a surprise, as the skipper has routinely pitched the three-time Cy Young winner on three days' rest in the postseason. The Dodgers will go to Zack Greinke in Game 5 (if there is one) and Alex Wood will be available out of the bullpen. Yesterday, 2:12 pm
  • Rollins starting over Seager in NLDS Game 3
    Jimmy Rollins is starting at shortstop and batting second for the Dodgers in Game 3 of the NLDS on Monday.

    Advice: Seager picked up just one hit in eight plate appearances in the first two games and that was apparently enough to convince manager Don Mattingly to give Rollins a shot. The Dodgers also have Enrique Hernandez in center field for the second straight game after Joc Pederson started Game 1. Yesterday, 1:19 pm
  • Lagares gets start in CF in Game 3 of NLDS
    Juan Lagares is starting in center field and batting eighth in Game 3 of the NLDS Monday versus the Dodgers.

    Advice: Michael Conforto and Michael Cuddyer are both on the bench. The full starting lineup for the Mets, who are tied 1-1 in their feisty best-of-five with the Dodgers: Curtis Granderson RF, David Wright 3B, Daniel Murphy 2B, Yoenis Cespedes LF, Lucas Duda 1B, Travis d'Arnaud C, Wilmer Flores SS, Juan Lagares CF, Matt Harvey SP. Los Angeles is throwing left-hander Brett Anderson. Yesterday, 12:11 pm
    W, 1-0 vs x Was
  • Chris Colabello starting at 1B in ALDS Gm. 4
    Chris Colabello is starting at first base for the Blue Jays in Game 4 of the ALDS on Monday.

    Advice: Justin Smoak will be on the bench with the Rangers throwing left-hander Derek Holland. The full lineup for the Jays, who need to win to force a Game 5 back in Toronto: Ben Revere LF, Josh Donaldson 3B, Jose Bautista RF, Edwin Encarnación DH, Chris Colabello 1B, Troy Tulowitzki SS, Russell Martin C, Kevin Pillar CF, Ryan Goins 2B. R.A. Dickey will be on the mound in Arlington, Texas for his first career postseason start. Yesterday, 9:24 am
  • Kershaw throws abbreviated bullpen on Sunday
    Clayton Kershaw threw an abbreviated bullpen session on Sunday, which is the same thing that he has done the other times that he has started on three days' rest in the past.

    Advice: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly remains non-committal on who is starter will be on Monday, but it seems likely that the southpaw will get the ball on three-days' rest. He did so last year in the NLDS against the Cardinals, taking a loss in that effort. If they choose to keep him in reserve for Game 5 (if necessary), it's likely that Alex Wood would start on Monday. Sunday, 6:01 pm
  • R.A. Dickey still scheduled to start Game 4
    Blue Jays manager John Gibbons confirmed Sunday that R.A. Dickey is still scheduled to start Game 4 of the ALDS, should the Jays win on Sunday and force that game.

    Advice: Gibbons also added that David Price would be available out of the bullpen in that contest, and could even be made available out of the bullpen on Sunday. Dickey posted a 3.91 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 126/61 K/BB ratio over 214 1/3 innings for the Jays in the regular season. Sunday, 2:09 pm
  • Cardinals could start Lackey on short rest
    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that it's possible the Cardinals will start John Lackey in Game 4 of the NLDS on short rest.

    Advice: That's if they lose Game 3 and are facing elimination. For the record, manager Mike Matheny has said Lance Lynn is still currently "penciled" in to start Game 4, but he also said they "have options." Lackey has made two postseason starts on three days' rest in his career and has a 1.69 ERA in those outings. Sunday, 11:55 am
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 @Atl
  • Yoenis Cespedes contributes solo home run
    Yoenis Cespedes smoked a home run off Zack Greinke Saturday in the Mets’ loss to the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLDS.

    Advice: Cespedes may have slowed down a bit after his torrid August but his home run stroke never left. That’s his 18th blast since joining the Mets at the trade deadline. Michael Conforto followed with a solo shot three batters later, giving the Mets a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Cespedes lined out and grounded out in his other two at-bats. Saturday, 9:58 pm
  • Clayton Kershaw not a lock for Game 4
    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the team hasn't decided if Clayton Kershaw will pitch Game 4 of the NLDS against the Mets on short rest.

    Advice: "We'll make that decision when we get there," said Mattingly. Kershaw pitched Game 4 of the NLDS on three days rest last year and lost to St. Louis. If the Dodgers choose to save Kershaw for Game 5 (if there is one), either Mike Bolsinger or Alex Wood would get the nod for Game 4. Saturday, 2:43 pm
  • Chris Colabello likely to start in Game 3
    Chris Colabello is expected to start Game 3 of the ALDS against the Rangers on Sunday.

    Advice: It's an easy call for manager John Gibbons with left-hander Martin Perez getting the start for Texas. Colabello batted .308 against southpaws this year while Toronto's other first baseman, Justin Smoak, hit only .256. Colabello went 2-for-5 in Game 2. Saturday, 2:08 pm
  • Howie Kendrick hitting out of the leadoff spot
    Howie Kendrick will bat leadoff for the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Mets on Saturday.

    Advice: Carl Crawford, who hit leadoff in Game 1, has been moved down to sixth in the order. Kendrick hasn't started a game out of the leadoff spot since June 11, 2014. He went 2-for-4 hitting second in last night's opener. Kendrick is hitless in three lifetime at-bats against tonight's starter, Noah Syndergaard. Saturday, 1:27 pm
  • Kershaw strikes out 11 in Game 1 loss to Mets
    Clayton Kershaw racked up 11 strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings in a losing effort against the Mets in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday.

    Advice: The All-Star southpaw also issued four free passes on the night. He was engaged in an outstanding pitcher's duel with Jacob deGrom of the Mets, with the Dodgers trailing 1-0 heading to the seventh inning. Kershaw was able to record two outs in the frame, but walked the bases loaded and was given the hook in favor of Pedro Baez. Baez surrendered a two-run single to David Wright to close the book on Kershaw. With the loss, Kershaw falls to 1-6 in his postseason career. He'll get another opportunity in Game 4 of the series, if necessary. Friday, 10:04 pm
  • John Lackey dominates Cubs in Game 1 win
    John Lackey was in complete command on Friday, limiting the Cubs to just two singles and a walk over 7 1/3 scoreless innings as the Cardinals grabbed Game 1 of the NLDS.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander punched out five on the night. No stranger to the bright lights of the postseason, the 36-year-old hurler was tabbed to start Game 1 after improbably delivering his finest season as a professional. He didn't disappoint on Friday, baffling Cubs hitters the entire evening before leaving to a standing ovation in the eighth inning. He'll get the ball again should the series go to a decisive fifth game. Friday, 6:41 pm
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 @Atl
  • 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. Friday, 6:36 am
  • Yost says that Ventura likely to start Game 4
    Royals manager Ned Yost indicated that he would probably start Yordano Ventura if the ALDS reaches a Game 4.

    Advice: Ventura allowed three runs in two innings during Thursday's Game 1 loss to the Astros. He had thrown 42 pitches after his two frames of work, but didn't return to the contest following a 49-minute rain delay. Should he start Game 4, his arm should be fresh. Johnny Cueto will take the ball in Game 2 while Game 3 will see Edinson Volquez starting in Houston. Thursday, 9:03 pm
  • Ventura allows three runs before rain falls
    Prior to being forced to sit due to a second-inning rain delay, Yordano Ventura surrendered three runs on four hits to the Astros in Thursday's 5-2 Game 1 loss in the ALDS.

    Advice: Ventura loaded the bases with nobody out in the first inning, with runs scoring on ground outs by Colby Rasmus and Evan Gattis before the close of the frame. The 24-year-old right-hander would allow one more run in the second via an RBI single by Jose Altuve before the skies opened to delay the contest by 49 minutes. Chris Young would take over once action resumed. Because of the short start, Ventura's arm should be fresh--he threw just 42 pitches--if there's an opportunity to start later in the series. Johnny Cueto toes the Royals' Game 2 rubber on Friday. Thursday, 8:43 pm
  • Wacha to start Game 3 of NLDS at Wrigley
    Michael Wacha will start Game 3 of the NLDS at Wrigley Field.

    Advice: Wacha had an awful September and could be wearing down after tossing only 107 innings at the major league level last season due to a right shoulder injury. He'll match up with Jake Arrieta in what should be a wild environment at Wrigley on Monday. This one doesn't bode too well for St. Louis. Lance Lynn will go in Game 4. Thursday, 12:06 pm
  • Lackey to start Game 1 of NLDS for Cardinals
    John Lackey will start Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday.

    Advice: He's the natural choice, especially with Carlos Martinez (shoulder) done for the season. Lackey posted a career-best 2.77 ERA over 32 starts this season. He'll face the winner of Wednesday's Wild Card game between the Cubs and Pirates. Wednesday, 10:30 am
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 @Atl
  • Clayton Kershaw to start Game 1 of NLDS
    Clayton Kershaw will start Game 1 of the NLDS against the Mets.

    Advice: Zack Greinke has had a Cy Young-worthy season, but so has Kershaw and he's the obvious choice for Game 1. Kershaw will be looking to improve upon his career 5.12 postseason ERA as he matches up against Jacob deGrom in Game 1. He'll be followed by Greinke and Brett Anderson. Tuesday, 4:36 pm
  • Royals willing to start Ventura on short rest
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Royals are prepared to start Yordano Ventura in Game 4 of the ALDS if they're facing elimination.

    Advice: Morosi says that part of the reason they're going with Ventura over Johnny Cueto in Game 1 is because they think Ventura is the best suited of their starters to pitch on short rest. Edinson Volquez is lined up to pitch Game 3, with Chris Young likely to take the ball in Game 4 if Kansas City doesn't go with Ventura. Tuesday, 2:54 pm
  • Matt Harvey will be fined for missing workout
    Mets manager Terry Collins said that Matt Harvey would be fined for missing Tuesday's mandatory workout session.

    Advice: Harvey was stuck in traffic when the workout began and eventually called Collins when it became clear he wouldn't make the session. Collins then told him to turnaround. The 26-year-old right-hander subsequently apologized to his teammates. A fine's coming his way, but he'll still be the starter for Game 3 of the NLDS against the Dodgers. At least assuming he arrives at the ballpark on time. Tuesday, 12:35 pm
  • Update: Harvey stuck in tunnel traffic
    Updating a previous story, Matt Harvey missed Tuesday's mandatory workout because he was stuck in tunnel traffic.

    Advice: Initially, even Mets GM Sandy Alderson was unaware of why Harvey was absent from the workout. Apparently, the ace was stuck in traffic and called manager Terry Collins, who told him to turn around. Mystery solved. Tuesday, 11:11 am
  • Harvey misses mandatory workout
    Matt Harvey missed a mandatory workout on Tuesday.

    Advice: To add intrigue to Harvey's absence, GM Sandy Alderson indicated that he doesn't know why the Mets ace wasn't at the workout. So far as we know, Harvey isn't dealing with any kind of injury. Details should emerge as the day progresses. Tuesday, 11:05 am
  • Ventura starting Game 1 of ALDS for Royals
    Yordano Ventura will start Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday.

    Advice: Not a surprise, as this is how the Royals lined things up in recent days. Johnny Cueto will start Game 2 of the series while Edinson Volquez will pitch in Game 3. The Royals will face the winner of Tuesday's Wild Card Game between the Astros and the Yankees. Tuesday, 9:58 am
  • Cespedes (fingers) '100 pct. ready' for NLDS
    Yoenis Cespedes (fingers) said Tuesday that he's "100 percent ready" for the NLDS against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Cespedes gave the Mets quite the scare when he was hit in the left hand with a pitch last Wednesday, but fortunately he only suffered contusions on his middle and ring fingers. He returned to action over the weekend with no issues, so he's good to go for the postseason. Tuesday, 8:38 am
  • Kershaw fans seven in brief action vs Padres
    Making his final start of the season, Clayton Kershaw struck out seven Padres across 3 2/3 scoreless innings on Sunday.

    Advice: Even in a predictably short start, Kershaw still struck out seven. The ace southpaw is now set to start Game 1 of the NLDS against the Mets on Friday. During regular season play, he held a 2.13, 0.88 WHIP and 301/42 K/BB ratio across 232 2/3 innings. Oct 4, 3:25 pm
  • John Lackey struggles in abbreviated outing
    John Lackey allowed three runs over just four innings in Sunday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Lackey was undone by a couple bloop RBI singles in the first inning and then hung a curveball to Adonis Garcia in the fourth that Garcia put over the fence. He struck out four and didn't walk anyone in what was just a tune-up outing as the Cardinals prepare for the postseason. Lackey finishes the year with a fantastic 2.77 ERA across 33 starts. Oct 4, 12:34 pm
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 @Atl
  • Clayton Kershaw to start Game 1 of NLDS
    Clayton Kershaw will start Game 1 of the NLDS Friday against the Mets.

    Advice: Kershaw had another unbelievable year, winning 16 games with a 2.16 ERA and a league-leading 294 strikeouts. The three-time Cy Young winner hasn't had much success in the postseason (1-5, 5.12 ERA in 11 appearances) but he's been lights out against the Mets, holding them to one run and eight hits over 16 innings this year. Oct 3, 8:32 pm
  • Cardinals/Braves postponed due to rain
    Saturday's Cardinals/Braves game has been postponed due to rain.

    Advice: They'll play a doubleheader on Sunday with the first game beginning at 1 PM ET. The second game will begin a half hour after the first. Saturday's probables, John Lackey and Shelby Miller, will pitch Sunday instead. Lackey leads the Cardinals in ERA this season at 2.69. Oct 3, 7:34 pm
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 @Atl
  • Harvey strikes out 11 over six strong innings
    Matt Harvey allowed just one (unearned) run over six innings Saturday in the Mets' loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: Harvey looked sharp in his final tuneup before the postseason, yielding only four hits and striking out 11 batters on just 91 pitches. He did not issue a walk. Max Scherzer out-dueled him on the other end, however, firing his second no-hitter of the 2015 season as the Nationals went on to win 2-0. Harvey is expected to make just one start in the NLDS. Oct 3, 6:37 pm
  • Yoenis Cespedes sitting out nightcap
    Yoenis Cespedes is not in the Mets' lineup for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Nationals.

    Advice: Cespedes returned to action Saturday after missing Thursday's game with a finger injury and went 1-for-3 with a single. He'll take a seat for the nightcap with Kirk Nieuwenhuis getting the start in center field. Cespedes has established new career highs in almost every offensive category including home runs (35), RBI (105) and hits (182). Oct 3, 3:10 pm
  • Cespedes (finger) returns to lineup for Mets
    Yoenis Cespedes (fingers) went 1-for-3 with a single and a walk in his return to action Saturday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Cespedes gave the Mets quite a scare when he was hit in the left hand with a pitch on Wednesday night, but fortunately he only suffered contusions on his middle and ring fingers. He'll be good to go for the postseason. Oct 3, 1:17 pm
  • Yordano Ventura brilliant in win over Twins
    Yordano Ventura was brilliant in Saturday's victory over the Twins, racking up 11 strikeouts over seven innings of one-run ball.

    Advice: Ventura scattered just four hits and three walks on the afternoon. The only blemish on his day was an RBI single by Brian Dozier in the sixth inning. Riding a strong second half, Ventura finishes the regular season 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 156/58 K/BB ratio across 163 1/3 innings. Oct 3, 1:08 pm
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