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  • 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
    Today, 12:50 pm
     
    W, 9-3 vs x SD
  • Pedro Ciriaco catches on with Braves
    Braves signed INF Pedro Ciriaco to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Ciriaco had been removed from the Royals' 40-man roster. The 29-year-old infielder will presumably receive an invitation to spring training and compete for a utility job. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:48 am
     
    Player Note
    Pedro Ciriaco Atl - 2B,3B,SS
    Not Active
    W, 2-1 x @Phi
  • Adam LaRoche wants to re-sign with Nationals
    Adam LaRoche said he hopes to re-sign with the Nationals this winter.

    Advice: "If it was up to me, I’m signing a deal with D.C. that puts me there for the rest of my career," he said. LaRoche and the Nationals actually have a mutual $15 million option for 2015, but the Nats will likely decline the option with an eye on moving Ryan Zimmerman to first base next season. LaRoche hit .259/.362/.455 with 26 home runs this season, and he shouldn't have a problem finding another landing spot in free agency. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:04 pm
     
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Mia
  • Phillies outright Andres Blanco to Triple-A
    Phillies sent INF Andres Blanco outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: It's nothing more than a procedural move to open up a spot on the 40-man roster for the Phillies. The 30-year-old infielder appeared in 25 games with the Phillies in 2014, slashing .277/.306/.447 with a homer and three RBI in 47 at-bats. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:12 pm
     
    Player Note
    Andrés Blanco Phi - 2B,3B,SS
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    L, 2-1 vs x Atl
  • Dombrowski: Iglesias (shins) will be 'fine'
    Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said earlier this week that he's been told by doctors that Jose Iglesias (shins) will be "fine" for spring training.

    Advice: "The doctors tell me he'll be fine," Dombrowski said. "He's going to be ready for spring training, he's going to be ready to go, and he's over all of his (injuries)." Iglesias, of course, missed all of the 2014 season due to stress fractures in both shins, but he's been ramping up his baseball activity of late without experiencing any issues. Dombrowski stopped short of officially naming Iglesias the team's shortstop for next season since he wants to see him in game action first, but he said he'd be "surprised" if the slick fielder isn't at the position on Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:56 am
     
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    W, 3-0 vs x Min
  • Ishikawa's walk-off HR sends Giants to WS
    Travis Ishikawa launched a walk-off, three-run homer in the ninth inning Thursday to propel the Giants over the Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Ishikawa had a misplay in left field in the third inning that gave the Cards their first run, but he certainly made up for it in a big way. After Michael Morse tied things up with a pinch-hit homer in the eighth, Ishikawa deposited a Michael Wacha pitch just over the wall in right field to send the Giants to their third World Series in the last five years. They'll face the Royals in Game 1 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:38 pm
  • Davis likely to be traded again this winter
    Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that the Pirates are likely to trade Ike Davis this offseason.

    Advice: Although the Pirates haven't officially committed to moving Pedro Alvarez to first base next season, the expectation is that a position switch is coming. That, of course, would leave Davis without a position. Davis is arbitration-eligible again this winter after making $3.5 million in 2014, so he could wind up being non-tendered if the Pirates are unable to find a trade partner. Martino says the Marlins like Davis and could have interest. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:01 pm
     
    L, 4-1 ^ @Cin
  • Giants make no changes to lineup for Game 5
    Travis Ishikawa is in left field for the Giants in Game 5 of the NLCS Thursday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Michael Morse will again be in a pinch-hitting role. Here's the full lineup for the Giants, who can advance to the World Series with a victory over the Cardinals and Adam Wainwright: Gregor Blanco CF, Joe Panik 2B, Buster Posey C, Pablo Sandoval 3B, Hunter Pence RF, Brandon Belt 1B, Travis Ishikawa LF, Brandon Crawford SS, Madison Bumgarner SP. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:32 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. Rotoworld.com
    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. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:39 pm
     
    Player Note
    Stephen Vogt Oak - C,1B,OF
    W, 4-0 ^ @Tex
  • Flaherty hits solo home run in loss to Royals
    Ryan Flaherty hit a solo home run, the only run the Orioles could muster on the afternoon, in Wednesday's ALCS Game 4 loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Flaherty's home run off Royals starter Jason Vargas in the third inning cut the Royals' lead to 2-1, but it was as close as the Orioles would come. Surprisingly, Flaherty finished the series as one of the Orioles' most productive hitters, batting .333 (4-for-12) with a home run and three RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:21 pm
     
    Player Note
    Ryan Flaherty Bal - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 1-0 ^ @Tor
  • Royals stick with regular lineup in Game 4
    Eric Hosmer will bat cleanup in Game 4 of the ALCS against the Orioles on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ned Yost isn't making any changes with the Royals on the verge of a trip to the World Series. The full lineup: SS Alcides Escobar, RF Norichika Aoki, CF Lorenzo Cain, 1B Eric Hosmer, DH Billy Butler, LF Alex Gordon, C Salvador Perez, 2B Omar Infante, 3B Mike Moustakas. Jason Vargas will oppose Miguel Gonzalez. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:32 am
     
    W, 6-4 ^ @CWS
  • Travis Ishikawa rips bases-clearing double
    Travis Ishikawa delivered a bases-clearing double in the first inning of Tuesday's NLCS Game 3 win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: The Cards intentionally walked Brandon Belt to get to Ishikawa, who made them pay with a long drive off the right-field wall. Ishikawa has four hits in eight at-bats during the NLCS and is hitting a solid .286/.348/.381 overall during the postseason, settling in as the regular left fielder for the Giants. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:44 pm
  • No decision yet on ankle surgery for Miggy
    Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday that a final decision hasn't yet been made on ankle surgery for Miguel Cabrera.

    Advice: Cabrera was hobbled down the stretch with painful bone spurs in his right ankle and he's still considering his options. The timeline for a final decision isn't clear. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:48 am
     
    W, 3-0 vs ^ Min
  • Napoli to have surgery for sleep disorder
    Mike Napoli will undergo surgery for a sleep disorder.

    Advice: Napoli has been dealing with sleep apnea for his entire career and has tried various methods to treat it, but nothing has worked. The surgery, which is called maxillomandibular advancement, actually moves the upper jaw and the lower jaw forward. Napoli also dealt with injuries to his finger, toe, and back this season, but he will not require surgery for any of them. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:33 am
     
    L, 9-5 vs x NYY
  • Ishikawa in line for another start in Game 3
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Travis Ishikawa would again start in left field for Tuesday's NLCS Game 3.

    Advice: With Michael Morse active and able to hit it's at least worth a question, but Morse's limitations in the field make it likely he won't see a start in this series. Ishikawa has acquitted himself well through two games thus far, collecting three hits in five at-bats and making a tumbling catch in left in the Giants' Game 1 win. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 13, 3:55 pm
  • Matt Adams clobbers go-ahead homer Sunday
    Matt Adams clobbered a go-ahead solo home run in the eighth inning on Sunday to put the Cardinals ahead of the Giants 4-3.

    Advice: Unfortunately, that lead would be short-lived as Trevor Rosenthal surrendered a run in the ninth inning. Adams also drew a walk in the contest, coming around to score on an RBI single by Randall Grichuk in the fourth inning. He’s now hitting .211 (4-for-18) with a pair of homers and five RBI in the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 9:07 pm
     
    W, 1-0 ^ @Ari
  • Carpenter goes deep as Cardinals top Giants
    Matt Carpenter blasted his fourth home run of the postseason as the Cardinals topped the Giants in Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday.

    Advice: Carpenter’s solo blast off Jake Peavy got the Cardinals on the board in the third inning. After hitting just eight long balls in a league-leading 709 plate appearances during the regular season, the 28-year-old has put on an impressive power display with four homers in just 28 postseason at-bats. It was his lone hit in four at-bats on the evening. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 9:05 pm
     
    W, 1-0 x @Ari
  • Joaquin Arias plates run in loss to Cardinals
    Joaquin Arias got the Giants on the board with an RBI ground out in the fifth inning in a losing effort against the Cardinals on Sunday.

    Advice: Arias was pinch-hitting for Jake Peavy and made sure to get the job done in his only at-bat. It was the first at-bat of the postseason for the utility infielder who has been used very sparingly. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 9:00 pm
     
    Player Note
    Joaquín Árias SF - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    W, 9-3 vs x SD
  • Danny Worth elects to become free agent
    Danny Worth has elected free agency.

    Advice: The 29-year-old infielder is widely respected for his glove work, but is a career .230/.293/.295 hitter in 261 at-bats at the big league level. He'll look for an opportunity to compete for a utility role elsewhere. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 5:19 pm
     
    Player Note
    Danny Worth Det - 3B,SS
    Not Active
    W, 3-0 vs x Min
  • Greg Dobbs elects to become free agent
    Greg Dobbs has elected free agency.

    Advice: The veteran infielder refused his outright assignment to Triple-A Syracuse and will instead explore opportunities elsewhere. In 41 at-bats between the Nationals and Marlins in 2014, Dobbs hit just .171/.186/.195 with two RBI and a 8/1 K/BB ratio. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 5:17 pm
     
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    W, 1-0 vs x Mia
  • Travis Ishikawa starting in LF again Sunday
    Travis Ishikawa is starting in left field and batting eighth in Game 2 of the NLCS Sunday.

    Advice: Ishikawa went 2-for-3 with an RBI single in Game 1 and is back in there over Michael Morse in Game 2. The Giants are sticking with the same lineup, as Ishikawa is preceded by Gregor Blanco, Joe Panik, Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, Hunter Pence, Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 12:52 pm
  • Sandoval reaches four times in Game 1 victory
    Pablo Sandoval reached base four times Saturday, going 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored in a win over the Cardinals in Game 1 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Sandoval led off the top of the second inning with a double off Adam Wainwright, coming around to score what ended up being the game-winning run later in the inning. He added two more singles and a walk in his next four plate appearances. Sandoval seems to thrive under the bright lights of postseason baseball, and this series could be another opportunity for him to shine in advance of free agency this winter. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 11, 8:38 pm
  • Ishikawa delivers RBI single in Game 1 start
    Travis Ishikawa went 2-for-3 with an RBI single in an NLCS Game 1 win over the Cardinals Saturday.

    Advice: There was some question whether Ishikawa would even get the start, as Michael Morse is active for this series after missing most of the last month and a half with an oblique injury. But Ishikawa did start, and he rewarded manager Bruce Bochy's decision by coming through with a bloop RBI single to get the Giants on the board in the second inning. With Morse's defense in question, Ishikawa will likely continue to get starts in left field during the series. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 11, 8:35 pm
  • 1B Clint Robinson elects free agency
    Clint Robinson has elected free agency.

    Advice: Robinson appeared in nine games with the Dodgers this past season, collecting three hits and three runs scored. The 29-year-old will look for a major league deal this winter. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 11, 6:45 pm
     
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    W, 10-5 vs x Col
  • Hosmer drives in two in G2 win over Orioles
    Eric Hosmer went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Saturday's ALCS Game 2 win over the Orioles.

    Advice: With two runners on in the first inning, Hosmer came through with a two-run single to give the Royals an early lead. He has three hits in nine at-bats in his first Championship Series. The Royals head back to Kansas City with a 2-0 series lead. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 11, 5:28 pm
     
    W, 6-4 ^ @CWS
  • Morse (oblique) not in lineup for NLCS Game 1
    Michael Morse (oblique) is not in the Giants' lineup for Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday.

    Advice: Morse was healthy enough to be added to the Giants' roster for the series, but manager Bruce Bochy decided not to insert him straight into the lineup for Saturday's game against the Cardinals. His ability to play the field will go a long way toward telling whether he'll get a start in the series, but he'll likely be the first bat off the bench in pinch-hitting spots. Travis Ishikawa started in left field Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 11, 1:59 pm
     
    W, 9-3 vs x SD
  • Ishikawa back in LF for Giants in NLCS Game 1
    Travis Ishikawa is playing left field and batting eighth for the Giants in Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday.

    Advice: Michael Morse is active for the series, but it's Ishikawa who's back in the outfield for the first game of their tilt against the Cardinals. The rest of the Giants' lineup for Game 1 is as follows: Gregor Blanco CF, Joe Panik 2B, Buster Posey C, Pablo Sandoval 3B, Hunter Pence RF, Brandon Belt 1B, Brandon Crawford SS, Ishikawa, Madison Bumgarner SP. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 11, 1:15 pm
  • Carpenter leads off for Cards in NLCS Game 1
    Matt Carpenter is leading off for the Cardinals in Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday.

    Advice: Carpenter led the Cards to their NLDS victory, and he'll try to do the same while manning third base against the Giants. After Carpenter, the lineup goes: Randal Grichuk RF, Matt Holliday LF, Jhonny Peralta SS, Matt Adams 1B, Yadier Molina C, Jon Jay CF, Kolten Wong 2B, Adam Wainwright SP. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 11, 1:09 pm
     
    W, 1-0 x @Ari
  • White Sox could look to deal a second baseman
    According to Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago, the White Sox are set to allow Marcus Semien, Micah Johnson and Carlos Sanchez to compete for the team's starting second base job in 2015.

    Advice: With extraordinary depth at the position, Padilla speculates that the organization could look to deal one of the trio in order to upgrade the team elsewhere. Semien has the most big league experience of the three, but hit just .234/.300/.372 with six homers and 28 RBI in 64 games at the big league level. Fantasy owners will be hoping that Johnson winds up with the gig, as his game-changing speed could be incredibly valuable. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 11, 12:43 pm
     
    L, 6-4 vs ^ KC
  • Royals sticking with same lineup for Game 2
    Royals manager Ned Yost is sticking to what works, rolling out the same lineup he has for each of the previous five playoff games for Game 2 of the ALCS on Saturday.

    Advice: There's no reason to change anything about what has worked so well for the Royals. Once again, they'll line up as follows: Alcides Escobar SS, Norichika Aoki RF, Lorenzo Cain CF, Eric Hosmer 1B, Billy Butler DH, Alex Gordon LF, Salvador Perez C, Omar Infante 2B, Mike Moustakas 3B with Yordano Ventura taking the hill. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 11, 11:41 am
  • Michael Morse officially added to NLCS roster
    Michael Morse was officially added to the Giants NLCS roster on Saturday.

    Advice: The lone change from their roster from the Division Series is Morse taking the place of Gary Brown. It's unclear if he'll draw any starts in the series or serve as a potent right-handed stick off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 11, 9:25 am
     
    W, 9-3 vs x SD
  • Jesus Guzman elects to become free agent
    Jesus Guzman has elected free agency.

    Advice: Guzman refuses his outright assignment to Triple-A Fresno. His lone season in Houston wound up being an unmitigated disaster, slashing a putrid .182/.272/.248 with two homers, nine RBI and a 52/19 K/BB ratio in 165 at-bats. He has shown the ability in the past to mash left-handed pitching, but will likely have to settle for a minor league deal with a spring training invitation. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 11, 6:00 am
     
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    L, 8-3 x @NYM
  • Ian Stewart refuses his outright assignment
    Ian Stewart has elected free agency.

    Advice: The veteran slugger refused his outright assignment to Triple-A Salt Lake and will instead search for a new opportunity elsewhere. In 24 games with the Angels in 2014, the 29-year-old hit just .176/.222/.382 with a pair of homers and seven RBI while posting a horrifying 31/3 K/BB ratio in his 68 at-bats. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 11, 5:53 am
     
    Player Note
    Ian Stewart LAA - 2B,3B
    Not Active
    L, 4-1 x @Sea
  • Moustakas goes deep as Royals top O’s
    Mike Moustakas clobbered a two-run home run off Brian Matusz in the 10th inning on Friday, helping to lead the Royals to an impressive victory over the Orioles in the first game of the ALCS.

    Advice: It was his lone hit in five at-bats on the night, but proved to be the difference in the ballgame. Moustakas has found his power stroke in October, smashing three long balls and driving home four runs in 19 postseason at-bats. The 26-year-old is arbitration eligible this winter, and a strong showing in the playoffs could help to earn him a nice raise over the $549,000 he took home in 2014. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 10, 10:10 pm
  • Ryan Flaherty plates two runs in Game 1 loss
    Ryan Flaherty went 3-for-5 and drove home a pair of runs as the Orioles dropped Game 1 of the ALCS to the Royals in extra innings on Friday.

    Advice: Flaherty delivered one of the biggest hits of the night for the Orioles, plating two runs with a two-out double in the fifth inning to pull the O's to within a run at 5-4. With the three-hit attack, he's now hitting .357 (5-for-14) with three RBI in the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 10, 9:59 pm
     
    Player Note
    Ryan Flaherty Bal - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 1-0 ^ @Tor
  • Michael Morse available off bench in Game 1
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Friday that Michael Morse will be available off the bench in Saturday's NLCS Game 1.

    Advice: Morse has been hitting in instructional league games as he recovers from a strained oblique. He'll provide a nice boost to the Giants bench. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 10, 2:29 pm
     
    W, 9-3 vs x SD
  • Royals keeping same lineup for ALCS Game 1
    Billy Butler is in the designated hitter spot and batting fifth for Game 1 of the ALCS.

    Advice: Royals manager Ned Yost is using the same lineup he's used for the previous four playoff games. Joining Butler in the lineup is Alcides Escobar, Nori Aoki, Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer, Alex Gordon, Salvador Perez, Omar Infante and Mike Moustakas. They'll face off against the Orioles' Chris Tillman. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 10, 12:58 pm
  • Shorter swing helping red-hot Eric Hosmer
    Eric Hosmer is crediting a shortened swing for his resurgence at the plate.

    Advice: While on the disabled list with a broken right hand, Hosmer and hitting coach Dale Sveum watched video of sluggers like Jose Abreu, Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez. "There would be a lot of times where I would be loading, and my hands wouldn't be in the launch position," Hosmer said. "You're trying to generate power, and it just cuts off their whole swing path. But when you see guys like Abreu or guys like Miguel Cabrera, when they load and they're ready to attack the ball, their hands are fully back in that position, ready to attack the baseball." Hosmer had a .689 OPS prior to going on the DL and an .843 OPS in his final 27 regular season games after returning. He's since gone 7-for-14 with two homers in four playoff games and is the Royals' most dangerous hitter as they head into the ALCS. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 10, 5:50 am
     
    W, 6-4 ^ @CWS
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