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  • Rusney Castillo (hand,thumb) on PRWL roster
    Rusney Castillo (hand, thumb) is on the roster for Los Criollos de Caguas in the Puerto Rican Winter League.

    Advice: And the season starts Thursday, but it's not clear yet when Castillo will be able to play. He bruised his hand and thumb when he was jammed by a pitch on October 20 in the Arizona Fall League and the Red Sox want him to be fully healed before he returns to action. The 27-year-old center fielder is in a holding pattern for now. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:37 am
  • Gordon has RBI double, run scored in finale
    Alex Gordon went 2-for-3 with an RBI double and a run scored in the Royals' World Series Game 7 loss to the Giants on Wednesday.

    Advice: After falling behind 2-0, Gordon delivered the biggest hit of the night for the Royals when he doubled in Billy Butler from first in the second inning. He also had their second-biggest hit when he singled off Madison Bumgarner to represent the tying run in the ninth, winding up on third after a couple of errors. Unfortunately for him and the Royals he was left on third to end the game. Gordon will be back in the Royals' outfield next year looking for a return to the Series. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:39 pm
  • Tim Hudson yanked early in WS Game 7 start
    Tim Hudson had a short leash Wednesday, lasting just 1 2/3 innings while giving up two runs in a no-decision against the Royals in Game 7 of the World Series.

    Advice: It was no secret that manager Bruce Bochy would be quick with the hook in the deciding game -- there was even some question as to whether Madison Bumgarner would come back to start the game on two days' rest instead of the 39-year-old Hudson -- and when Hudson got into trouble in the second inning Bochy turned to his bullpen. Hudson gave up three hits and a walk in the game, with all three hits coming in the second inning. Hudson has one more year at $12 million left on his current contract. He'll turn 40 in July. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:32 pm
  • Guthrie lasts just 3 1/3 innings in Game 7
    Jeremy Guthrie couldn't make it out of the fourth inning in Wednesday's World Series Game 7, exiting after allowing three runs over 3 1/3 innings in the loss.

    Advice: Guthrie loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the second inning, prompting manager Ned Yost to get a reliever up, but after Guthrie escaped with just a couple of sacrifice flies Yost left him in. That was until the fourth, when he left runners on first and third with one out. Reliever Kelvin Herrera allowed an RBI single to the next batter, charging Guthrie with a third run and saddling him with the loss. He didn't walk a batter while striking out three. Guthrie will be back in KC next season for the final year of his three-year contract signed after the 2012 season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:30 pm
  • Sandoval sets record, Giants win World Series
    Pablo Sandoval set a postseason record with a huge night in Wednesday's World Series Game 7 win, going 3-for-3 with two runs scored as the Giants edged the Royals 3-2 for the title.

    Advice: Sandoval broke a four-way tie with Marquis Grissom, Darin Erstad and David Freese (who just tied the record in 2011) when he doubled for his third hit of the game in the eighth inning. Prior to that, Sandoval had two singles, a walk and two runs scored in the game. For the series, Sandoval finished 12-for-28 (.429) with four RBI and six runs scored. It was a performance that will serve him well financially heading into free agency this winter. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:23 pm
  • Morse drives in game-winning run in Game 7
    Michael Morse had two RBI, including driving in the game-winning run, in the Giants' Game 7 World Series win Wednesday.

    Advice: With the bases loaded in the second inning, Morse drove in the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly. But it was an opposite-field single with a runner at third base in the fourth inning that gave the Giants a 3-2 lead that they wouldn't relinquish. His outfield defense made him a non-factor for the three games in San Francisco, but Morse found a way to contribute as a designated hitter in the Royals' park. He ended his first World Series with four RBI and two runs scored. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:21 pm
  • Cubs outright Josh Vitters to Triple-A Iowa
    Cubs sent OF Josh Vitters outright to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Vitters was the third overall pick in the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft and was rated a Top 50 prospect by Baseball Prospectus three years in a row (2008-2010), but the 25-year-old has turned quickly into a bust. He batted just .213/.268/.339 in 112 games this season at Triple-A Iowa and had to be moved from third base to left field. It's difficult to envision a prominent role for Vitters in the Cubs' immediate future. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:15 pm
     
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  • Juan Perez playing LF for Giants in Game 7
    Juan Perez will start in left field and bat eighth in Game 7 of the World Series against the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Travis Ishikawa is on the bench, as Giants manager Bruce Bochy is trying to put his best defense out there in the deciding game of the World Series. The full lineup: Gregor Blanco CF, Joe Panik 2B, Buster Posey C, Pablo Sandoval 3B, Hunter Pence RF, Brandon Belt 1B, Michael Morse DH, Brandon Crawford SS, Perez LF. Tim Hudson will start for San Francisco while Kansas City will counter with Jeremy Guthrie. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:29 pm
  • Reds decline 2015 option on Ryan Ludwick
    Reds declined OF Ryan Ludwick's $9 million option for 2015.

    Advice: He'll receive a $4.5 million buyout and become a free agent. The Reds gave Ludwick a two-year, $15 million contract after a resurgent 2012 campaign, but a shoulder injury limited him to 38 games last year and he batted just .244 with nine homers and a .683 OPS over 112 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:27 pm
  • Moustakas hitting eighth again in Game 7
    Mike Moustakas will bat eighth again in Game 7 of the World Series against the Giants on Wednesday.

    Advice: Moustakas doubled and homered in Game 6 on Tuesday and he'll hope to come up big in the deciding game of the Fall Classic. The full lineup: Alcides Escobar SS, Nori Aoki RF, Lorenzo Cain CF, Eric Hosmer 1B, Butler DH, Alex Gordon LF, Salvador Perez C, Moustakas 3B, Omar Infante 2B. Jeremy Guthrie will oppose Tim Hudson. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:39 am
  • Black (rotator cuff) to resume throwing soon
    Vic Black (rotator cuff) said Wednesday that he feels "great" and will resume throwing soon.

    Advice: Black was diagnosed with a herniated disk in his neck in August and he was ultimately shut down in September due to a right rotator cuff strain, but he has seen improvement with rest. The hope is that he'll receive clearance to resume throwing in the early part of November. Black had a 2.60 ERA and 32/19 K/BB ratio over 34 2/3 innings in the Mets' bullpen this season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:37 am
  • Reds decline option on Hannahan
    Reds declined INF Jack Hannahan's $4 million club option for 2015.

    Advice: An expected move, Hannahan will receive a $2 million buyout and hit free agency. The veteran infielder missed most of 2014 after offseason shoulder surgery and ended up batting .188/.220/.250 over 50 plate appearances. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:30 am
  • Reds exercise '15 option on Johnny Cueto
    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Reds have exercised their $10 million club option on Johnny Cueto for 2015.

    Advice: The Reds have yet to make an official announcement, but it's a no-brainer. Cueto stayed healthy and dominated this season, posting a career-high 20 wins to go along with a 2.25 ERA and 242/65 K/BB ratio over 243 2/3 innings. He can become a free agent after the 2015 season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:26 am
     
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  • Smoak expects Jays to decline option
    Justin Smoak said Wednesday that he expects the Blue Jays to decline his $3.65 million option for 2015 and negotiate a new deal.

    Advice: It's not a big surprise. Smoak was just claimed off waivers from the Mariners on Tuesday. While the Blue Jays can buy out his 2015 option for $150,000, he's still under team control for one more season through the arbitration process. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:17 am
  • Reds outright 1B Soto to Triple-A
    Reds sent 1B Neftali Soto outright to Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: The move clears him from the 40-man roster. Soto, 25, appeared in 21 games with the Reds this season and hit .302/.350/.406 with two home runs and 34 RBI over 75 games in Triple-A. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:45 am
     
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  • Report: BoSox prioritizing Sandoval, Headley
    CBS Sports' reports that the Red Sox are "prioritizing" impending free agents Pablo Sandoval and Chase Headley.

    Advice: The Red Sox are looking for an upgrade at the hot corner after their third basemen hit just .211/.271/.308 this season. They'll have plenty of competition, of course, as the Giants would like to re-sign Sandoval and the Yankees are interested in keeping Headley. Sandoval will obviously be the most expensive of the two and will also be attached to draft pick compensation, as the Giants are expected to make him a qualifying offer. Headley won't be attached to a draft pick since he was traded during the season. Heyman hears that the Red Sox could also look at Brewers' third baseman Aramis Ramirez if he becomes a free agent. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:22 am
  • Mike Moustakas homers in KC's 10-0 rout
    Mike Moustakas doubled in a run and launched a solo homer in Tuesday's World Series Game 6 win.

    Advice: Jake Peavy was able to escape a two-out rally by the Royals in the first inning, but things came unraveled in second, as Kansas City plated seven runs to break the game open. Moustakas was in the middle of it, doubling in the first run of the game before eventually coming around to score. He later added a solo blast off of Hunter Strickland, who has surrendered six longballs in 8 1/3 innings this postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:38 pm
  • Guthrie lined up for Game 7 for Royals
    Royals manager Ned Yost said that Jeremy Guthrie will start a potential Game 7 against the Giants.

    Advice: For a deciding game, it would be all hands on deck beyond that. Guthrie allowed two runs over five-plus innings in Game 3 last Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:52 pm
  • Castillo (hand, thumb) likely done in AFL
    Rusney Castillo (hand, thumb) is unlikely to return to action in the Arizona Fall League.

    Advice: Castillo bruised his hand and thumb when he was jammed by a pitch on October 20. It's believed that he'll simply need rest, but there likely won't be enough time for him to return to the Arizona Fall League and he might not even participate in winter ball in Puerto Rico. The Red Sox have yet to make an official decision on his status. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:33 pm
  • Michael Morse to DH in Game 6 of World Series
    Michael Morse will serve as the designated hitter in Game 6 of the World Series against the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

    Advice: Morse was limited to pinch-hitting duties while the series was in San Francisco, but he's back now that the Giants have the luxury of the DH. Travis Ishikawa will start in left field. The full lineup: Gregor Blanco CF, Joe Panik 2B, Buster Posey C, Pablo Sandoval 3B, Hunter Pence RF, Brandon Belt 1B, Morse DH, Ishikawa LF, Brandon Crawford SS. Jake Peavy will pitch against Yordano Ventura as the Giants attempt to finish off their third World Series title in the past five seasons. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:09 pm
  • Moustakas batting eighth for WS Game 6
    Mike Moustakas will bat eighth in Game 6 of the World Series against the Giants on Tuesday.

    Advice: It's a slight change by Ned Yost, as Moustakas has batted ninth in his "standard" postseason lineup. Billy Butler and Nori Aoki both return to the lineup now that the Royals are back home under American League rules. The full lineup: Alcides Escobar SS, Aoki CF, Lorenzo Cain CF, Eric Hosmer 1B, Butler DH, Alex Gordon LF, Salvador Perez C, Moustakas 3B, Omar Infante 2B. Yordano Ventura will oppose Jake Peavy. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:44 am
  • Blue Jays claim Smoak off waivers from M's
    Blue Jays claimed 1B Justin Smoak off waivers from the Mariners.

    Advice: The writing was on the wall in Seattle after Smoak batted just .202/.275/.339 across 80 games this season. The 27-year-old has a $3.65 million option (with a $150,000 buyout) on his contract for next season, but he's still arbitration-eligible for one more year even if the Blue Jays decline it. The addition of Smoak increases the likelihood that the Blue Jays will deal Adam Lind (or decline his option) in the coming days. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:33 am
  • Juan Perez clobbers two-run double in victory
    Juan Perez clobbered a two-run double in the eighth inning on Sunday, helping to lead the Giants to a victory over the Royals in Game 5 of the World Series, taking a 3-2 lead in the series.

    Advice: Perez entered the game as a defensive replacement for Travis Ishikawa and in his first plate appearance smashed a Wade Davis offering off the top of the wall to provide a pair of insurance runs. Perez is now 4-for-21 with three RBI in the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:24 pm
  • Alex Gordon goes hitless as Royals fall
    Alex Gordon had a rough night at the plate in Sunday's loss to the Giants in Game 5 of the World Series, going hitless in four at-bats.

    Advice: Gordon wasn't the only member of the Royals to struggle, as they scratched out just four total hits in the contest. While he has been able to come through with many timely hits and has plated 10 runs in the playoffs, Gordon is hitting just .170 in postseason play. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:19 pm
  • Perez in Giants' lineup for Game 4 vs. Royals
    Juan Perez is starting in left field for the Giants in World Series Game 4 on Saturday night against the Royals.

    Advice: The left-handed Travis Ishikawa has started the first three games of the World Series, but righty Perez gets the nod against Royals left-handed starter Jason Vargas. The Giants' full lineup for Game 4: Gregor Blanco CF, Joe Panik 2B, Buster Posey C, Hunter Pence RF, Pablo Sandoval 3B, Brandon Belt 1B, Juan Perez LF, Brandon Crawford SS, Ryan Vogelsong SP. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:17 pm
  • Gordon plates one as Royals take series lead
    Alex Gordon came through with an RBI double in the sixth inning on Friday, helping the Royals to dispatch of the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series.

    Advice: His one-out double plated Alcides Escobar who had reached on single. It was Gordon’s first hit of the series, as his 1-for-4 effort brings him to 1-for-11 (.091) in the Fall Classic. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:35 pm
  • Jeremy Guthrie pitches well in Game 3 victory
    Jeremy Guthrie pitched well as the Royals defeated the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday, allowing a pair of runs on four hits in his five-plus innings of work.

    Advice: The 35-year-old right-hander cruised through the first five frames with relative ease, leading Royals skipper Ned Yost to leave him on the hill to begin the sixth inning. He was quickly yanked though after consecutive hits to start the inning, both of which would come around to score after he departed. Guthrie didn’t walk a batter or tally a strikeout in his first career postseason victory. The Royals will now give the ball to Jason Vargas on Saturday as they look to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:34 pm
  • Morse collects pinch-hit RBI double in loss
    Michael Morse came through in a big way for the Giants in Friday’s loss to the Royals, smashing an RBI double as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning.

    Advice: Morse came on to hit for Tim Hudson in the sixth inning after Brandon Crawford had singled, and swatted a massive foul drive down the left field line that narrowly missed being a two-run home run. The Giants could certainly use his bat in the lineup against southpaw Jason Vargas on Saturday, but it’s unclear if he feels well enough to man left field defensively. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:28 pm
  • Tim Hudson falls to Royals in first WS start
    Tim Hudson made was defeated in his long-awaited World Series debut on Friday, surrendering three runs on four hits over 5 2/3 innings against the Royals.

    Advice: The 39-year-old right-hander became the second oldest hurler to make his debut on the grandest stage. He gave up a leadoff double to Alcides Escobar to begin the ballgame, who advanced to third and then scored on consecutive ground balls. He settled in nicely afterwards, retiring 12 in a row at one point, until the Royals strung three hits together to scratch out a pair of runs in the sixth inning. Now facing a 2-1 deficit, the Giants are scheduled to turn to Ryan Vogelsong in an attempt to even the series back up. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:27 pm
  • No changes to Giants' lineup for WS Game 2
    Michael Morse will serve as the designated hitter again in Game 2 of the World Series against the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Giants manager Bruce Bochy is sticking with the same lineup which led to victory in Game 1: Gregor Blanco CF, Joe Panik 2B, Buster Posey C, Pablo Sandoval 3B, Hunter Pence RF, Brandon Belt 1B, Morse DH, Travis Ishikawa LF, Brandon Crawford SS. Jake Peavy will make the start against Yordano Ventura. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:26 pm
  • Pablo Sandoval drives in a pair in Game 1 win
    Pablo Sandoval went 2-for-5 with an RBI double and RBI single in Tuesday's victory over the Royals.

    Advice: Sandoval got the scoring going with a two-base knock in the first inning that plated Gregor Blanco and capped off the scoring with an RBI single in the seventh. He could have easily been credited with a third hit, but his hard smash to Mike Moustakas in the ninth inning was changed to an error. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:48 pm
  • Rusney Castillo injures hand in AFL
    Rusney Castillo suffered a minor hand injury Monday in the Arizona Fall League.

    Advice: Castillo will likely sit out much of this week as a precautionary measure, but he should ultimately be fine. The 27-year-old center fielder is batting .278/.333/.361 with three doubles, three walks, and six strikeouts in 39 plate appearances for the Surprise Saguaros. With good power and speed, he has the potential to carry significant fantasy value in 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:47 pm
  • Royals starting Guthrie in Game 3 of WS
    Jeremy Guthrie will start Game 3 of the World Series against the Giants on Friday.

    Advice: He'll square off against Tim Hudson in San Francisco. Guthrie allowed one run over five innings in Game 3 of the ALCS against the Orioles last Tuesday. Jason Vargas will follow him in Game 4. Guthrie is now lined up for a potential Game 7. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:52 pm
  • Morse in lineup as DH for Game 1 of WS
    Michael Morse is in the starting lineup as the designated hitter for Game 1 of the World Series against the Royals.

    Advice: Morse was limited to pitch-hitting duties during the NLCS, but the Giants can use him as their DH under American League rules. The full lineup: Gregor Blanco CF, Joe Panik 2B, Buster Posey C, Pablo Sandoval 3B, Hunter Pence RF, Brandon Belt 1B, Morse DH, Travis Ishikawa LF, Brandon Crawford SS. Madison Bumgarner will match up against James Shields. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:28 pm
  • Morse to serve as Giants' DH in World Series
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Monday that Michael Morse will be the team's DH in the World Series.

    Advice: Morse didn't make a start in the NLCS, but he did slug a big game-tying home run in the Giants' series-deciding Game 5 win over the Cardinals. He missed most of September with an oblique injury, which is why he was left off the roster for the NLDS and limited to pinch-hitting duties in the Championship Series. Travis Ishikawa will be the Giants' primary left fielder in the Fall Classic against the Royals. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:50 pm
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