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  • Shoemaker to start ALDS Game 2 against Royals
    Matt Shoemaker will start Friday's Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Royals.

    Advice: There was some question as to whether Shoemaker's oblique would cooperate, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia made the announcement that Shoemaker would get the ball Friday. He'll be opposed by Yordano Ventura for the Royals. The Angels are rolling with a three-man rotation during the series, so Shoemaker may also be an option for a potential Game 5, should the series that last long.
    Yesterday, 3:18 pm
  • Danny Duffy available out of bullpen in ALDS
    Danny Duffy will be available out of the Royals' bullpen for the first few games of the ALDS.

    Advice: If he's not needed in those games, the left-hander could start Game 4 against the Angels. Duffy posted a sensational 2.53 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 149 1/3 innings during the regular season but he topped out at 93 1/3 frames between the minors and majors in 2013, so the Royals are trying to be careful with the 25-year-old.
    Yesterday, 2:33 pm
  • Jason Motte not on Cardinals' NLDS roster
    Jason Motte didn't make the Cardinals' NLDS roster.

    Advice: Motte struggled mightily this season in his return from Tommy John elbow surgery, posting a 4.68 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 29 appearances. The 32-year-old right-hander is going to be a free agent this winter and will likely have to settle for a "prove it" type of contract.
    Yesterday, 1:31 pm
  • Gausman to pitch out of bullpen during ALDS
    Kevin Gausman will pitch out of the bullpen during the Orioles' ALDS matchup with the Tigers.

    Advice: It's not really a surprise. Gausman posted a solid 3.57 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 88/38 K/BB ratio across 113 1/3 innings this season and is a big part of the Orioles' future, but the 23-year-old right-hander will take a backseat to the more-experienced foursome of Chris Tillman, Miguel Gonzalez, Wei-Yin Chen, and Bud Norris.
    Yesterday, 1:14 pm
  • Michael Wacha will be in bullpen for NLDS
    Michael Wacha will pitch out of the Cardinals' bullpen during the NLDS against the Dodgers.

    Advice: It's hard to disagree with this decision, as Wacha didn't show enough in September to secure a spot in the NLDS rotation. Adam Wainwright will start Game 1 and will be followed by Lance Lynn, John Lackey, and (if necessary) Shelby Miller. Wacha dominated Los Angeles last October en route to winning NLCS MVP, but he dealt with a shoulder injury for much of this season.
    Yesterday, 11:06 am
  • Sean Doolittle blows save for A's
    Sean Doolittle yielded a run in the ninth inning to blow the save in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Doolittle didn't pitch poorly, as he gave up a bloop single to Josh Willingham to start the inning and then watched the Royals score following a sac bunt, stolen base and sac fly. He then stayed in to pitch a scoreless 10th inning. The A's took the lead again in the 12th inning, but Dan Otero and Jason Hammel combined to surrender a pair of runs.
    Tuesday, 10:27 pm
  • O'Flaherty felt discomfort in elbow Monday
    Eric O'Flaherty (elbow) tried throwing on Monday and didn't feel completely comfortable.

    Advice: He is not on the A's active roster for Tuesday night's Wild Card Game in Kansas City and the left-hander might not be an option for the ALDS either. O'Flaherty was bothered by discomfort in his surgically-repaired elbow over the final few weeks of the regular season.
    Tuesday, 2:44 pm
  • Shoemaker fully expecting to pitch in ALDS
    Matt Shoemaker (oblique) said Tuesday that he has "no doubt at all" he'll be able to pitch in the ALDS.

    Advice: Shoemaker threw another successful bullpen session on Tuesday afternoon, taking breaks to simulate a multi-inning outing. The right-hander hasn't pitched in a game since September 15 due to an oblique strain, but he seems likely to be the Angels' Game 3 starter against the winner of Tuesday's American League Wild Card Game.
    Tuesday, 1:52 pm
  • Shoemaker (oblique) to throw bullpen Tuesday
    Matt Shoemaker (oblique) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday.

    Advice: He'll take breaks to simulate multiple innings. Shoemaker hasn't pitched since September 16 with an oblique strain, but appears likely to start Game 3 of the ALDS.
    Tuesday, 12:31 pm
  • Neil Ramirez to remain in bullpen for Cubs
    Cubs president Theo Epstein said Tuesday that Neil Ramirez will remain in the bullpen.

    Advice: Justin Grimm will also continue to pitch as a reliever. Many have speculated that Ramirez could be an effective starter in the majors, but the 25-year-old had a 1.44 ERA and 53/17 K/BB ratio over 43 2/3 relief innings this season and the Cubs would prefer to keep him as a late-inning arm.
    Tuesday, 10:29 am
  • Duffy on Royals' roster for Wild Card game
    Danny Duffy is on the Royals' roster for Tuesday's Wild Card game against the Athletics.

    Advice: Jeremy Guthrie and Yordano Ventura will also be available in long relief. Duffy and rookie Brandon Finnegan are the only lefties in the Royals' bullpen. Of course, they can reset their roster if they beat the A's and advance to the ALDS.
    Tuesday, 8:47 am
  • O'Flaherty not on roster for Wild Card game
    Eric O'Flaherty is not on the A's roster for Tuesday's Wild Card game against the Royals.

    Advice: Scott Kazmir, Sonny Gray, Jeff Samardzija were also left off, but Jason Hammel and Drew Pomeranz are on the roster just in case they are needed in long relief. Of course, with Jon Lester on the hill, the A's are hoping that won't be necessary. Speedster Billy Burns is also on the roster, giving Oakland a pinch-running option in the late innings. The A's will reset their roster if they make it through to the ALDS.
    Tuesday, 8:24 am
  • Roark not expected to be in NLDS rotation
    Bill Ladson of reports that "all indications" are that Tanner Roark will be used out of the bullpen in the NLDS.

    Advice: It's a testament to how talented the Nationals' rotation is, as Roark isn't able to crack the starting staff despite putting up a 2.85 ERA and 1.09 WHIP while winning 15 games. Roark could possibly join the rotation later in the postseason, but most likely it would take an injury for that to happen. Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister will hold down the team's four rotation spots.
    Monday, 4:53 pm
    W, 1-0 vs Mia
  • Eric O'Flaherty (elbow) throws BP
    Eric O'Flaherty (elbow) threw live batting practice Monday.

    Advice: O'Flaherty hasn't pitched since September 20 due to soreness in his surgically-repaired elbow. He'll need to prove his health and effectiveness to pitch this postseason.
    Monday, 1:18 pm
  • Shoemaker (oblique) plays catch without issue
    Matt Shoemaker (oblique) played catch Monday without issue and will throw another bullpen session Tuesday.

    Advice: The hope is that Shoemaker will be ready to start for the Angels in Game 3 of the ALDS on October 5. He's been out since September 16 with an oblique strain. Anaheim will go with Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson in the first two games of the Division Series.
    Monday, 12:24 pm
  • Red Sox unsure on qualifying offer for Uehara
    According to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, the Red Sox have not decided whether they'll tender a qualifying offer to free agent Koji Uehara.

    Advice: The one-year qualifying offer for this winter's free agent crop is expected to be worth around $15.1 million. That's a hefty price for any reliever and Uehara stumbled down the stretch this season. He also turns 40 years old next April. Boston may be better off trying to negotiate a new deal with him on the open market.
    Monday, 12:16 pm
    L, 9-5 vs NYY
  • Yankees outright left-hander Josh Outman
    Yankees sent LHP Josh Outman outright to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: Outman was designated for assignment last Monday and is now officially off the Yankees' 40-man roster. He has a 4.43 ERA in 274 1/3 career major league innings.
    Monday, 10:57 am
    Not Active
    W, 9-5 @Bos
  • K-Rod would like to re-sign with the Brewers
    Francisco Rodriguez said this weekend that he would like to re-sign with the Brewers.

    Advice: But the Brewers probably don't have the means to spend big on a closer, and K-Rod should command some lucrative multi-year offers on the open market this winter after posting a 3.04 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 73/18 K/BB ratio, and 44 saves in 68 innings this season. "I definitely know where I want to be," he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "I want to be here. But it is not my decision. There are a lot of things the front office has to do over the course of the winter. They know how I feel. My heart is going to always be here."
    Monday, 6:23 am
  • Rasmus gives up two runs over three innings
    Cory Rasmus got the start and allowed two runs over three innings of work in a loss to the Mariners Sunday.

    Advice: Making his sixth start of the year, Rasmus gave up three hits and a walk in his three innings. Rasmus served primarily as a reliever this season, finishing 3-2 with a 2.57 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 57/17 K/BB ratio over 56 innings.
    Sunday, 5:49 pm
    Player Note
    Cory Rasmus LAA - SP,RP
    L, 4-1 ^ @Sea
  • Fiers gives up four runs in final 2014 start
    Mike Fiers gave up four runs -- three earned -- over six innings in a loss to the Cubs Sunday.

    Advice: It was a disappointing end to a fantastic season for Fiers, as he gave up six hits and a walk in the loss. Fiers finished the year on a three-game losing streak, but the right-hander still ended with a 6-5 record, 2.13 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 76/17 K/BB ratio over 71 2/3 innings. Fiers should have a good shot at making the Brewers' rotation out of spring next season.
    Sunday, 3:49 pm
    Player Note
    Mike Fiers Mil - SP,RP
    L, 5-2 vs ^ ChC
  • Turner surrenders two runs against Brewers
    Jacob Turner allowed two runs over five innings in a win over the Brewers Sunday.

    Advice: Turner bounced back from a couple poor starts to earn the win in his last start of the season, giving up four hits and three walks over his five innings. It was a strange season for the 23-year-old, who started and relieved for the Marlins before being designated for assignment and joining the Cubs. He finishes 6-11 with a 6.13 ERA, but he's still got enough talent and upside to make a positive impact in the near future.
    Sunday, 3:43 pm
    W, 5-2 ^ @Mil
  • Martinez gives up two runs in loss to A's
    Nick Martinez allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the Athletics.

    Advice: Making his final start of the year, Martinez gave up just four hits without walking a batter. The A's got to him for two runs in the second inning and his counterpart, Sonny Gray, threw a complete-game shutout, saddling Martinez with the loss. The 24-year-old certainly wasn't expected to contribute 140 1/3 innings this season, and he ends the year 5-12 with a 4.55 ERA. Better days should be ahead for Martinez.
    Sunday, 3:07 pm
    L, 4-0 vs ^ Oak
  • House allows one run over five to best Rays
    T.J. House allowed one run over five innings in Sunday's 7-2 win over the Rays.

    Advice: House gave up just five hits on the afternoon, with Sean Rodriguez' solo home run counting as the only run against him. The win moved him to 5-3 with a 3.35 ERA through 102 innings this year. House may have inserted himself into the starting rotation discussion in Cleveland next year with his strong performance in 2014.
    Sunday, 2:12 pm
    Player Note
    T.J. House Cle - SP,RP
    W, 7-2 vs ^ TB
  • Zach Britton earns 37th save
    Zach Britton pitched a scoreless ninth in a 1-0 game Sunday for his 37th save.

    Advice: Britton didn't notch 50 saves like Jim Johnson did each of the last two years, but with a 1.65 ERA, he turned in one of the best seasons ever for an Orioles closer. He was 37-for-41 saving games, and he pitched 76 1/3 innings, a particularly high total for a closer these days.
    Sunday, 1:19 pm
    W, 1-0 @Tor
  • Shoemaker (oblique) throws off mound Sunday
    Matt Shoemaker (oblique) said after completing a bullpen session Sunday that he remains "very confident" he'll be able to pitch in the ALDS.

    Advice: Shoemaker threw 30-40 pitches at near full intensity. While he admitted to having a little bit of tightness, he thinks it's something he'll be able to pitch through. The right-hander has been out since September 16 with a left oblique strain, but it's looking like he could be ready to start by October 5 in ALDS Game 3. The Halos have Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson set up for the first two games.
    Sunday, 11:59 am
  • Brandon Kintzler to undergo knee surgery
    Brandon Kintzler will undergo surgery Tuesday to repair his left patella tendon.

    Advice: Kintzler noted that he's actually been pitching through pain in the knee for nearly two years. It's not clear how long he'll need to rehab, but he'll be fine for spring training.
    Sunday, 11:22 am
  • Cory Burns claimed by Blue Jays
    Blue Jays claimed RHP Cory Burns off waivers from the Rays; assigned him to Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: He's now in his third organization in the last three months, as the Rays claimed Burns off waivers from the Rangers in July. The 26-year-old has spent all of 2014 in the minors, posting a 4.95 ERA and 58/16 K/BB ratio over 63 2/3 frames between Double- and Triple-A.
    Sunday, 10:23 am
    L, 1-0 vs Bal
  • Chad Jenkins transferred to 60-day DL
    Blue Jays transferred RHP Chad Jenkins from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The Jays wanted to free up a spot on the 40-man roster. Jeninks is done for the season following surgery earlier this month to repair a fractured right hand.
    Sunday, 10:20 am
    Disabled List
    L, 1-0 vs Bal
  • Ian Thomas recalled from Triple-A
    Braves recalled LHP Ian Thomas from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Thomas holds a 4.22 ERA with 13 strikeouts over 10 2/3 frames in the majors this season. He'll give the Braves another relief option for the final day.
    Sunday, 6:08 am
  • Dylan Axelrod earns win in relief appearance
    Dylan Axelrod struck out one in a scoreless inning in his return to action Saturday.

    Advice: It had been thought that he was done for the season due to a strained oblique, but Axelrod was obviously feeling good enough to make one final appearance. He ended up earning the victory following a scoreless top of the 10th inning versus the Reds after Ramon Santiago slugged a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the frame.
    Sunday, 1:54 am
    W, 4-1 vs Pit
  • Scott Baker returned to action on Saturday September 27.
    Sunday, 1:54 am
    Player Note
    Scott Baker Tex - SP,RP
    L, 4-0 vs Oak
  • LaTroy Hawkins makes 1,000th appearance
    LaTroy Hawkins retired the only batter he faced Saturday in his 1,000th career appearance.

    Advice: The 41-year-old Hawkins became the 16th pitcher ever to appear in 1,000 games, and it's an especially impressive feat given that he was a starter through age 26. His 98 career starts are the second most for anyone with 1,000 appearances, trailing Dennis Eckersley's 361 starts.
    Saturday, 9:36 pm
  • Scott Baker yields two runs in spot start
    Scott Baker yielded two earned runs over four innings Saturday in a spot start against the A's.

    Advice: Baker was an emergency plug-in after Derek Holland had to be scratched with a migraine headache. The right-hander pitched pretty well considering. He'll finish 2014 with a 5.47 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 80 2/3 innings (seven starts and 18 relief appearances).
    Saturday, 8:34 pm
    Player Note
    Scott Baker Tex - SP,RP
    L, 4-0 vs Oak
  • Duffy shelled, Royals can't take advantage
    Danny Duffy was lit up for four earned runs in two innings Saturday in a loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: Maybe that shoulder is still bothering him? Kansas City had a chance to move even with the Tigers at the top of the American League Central standings with a victory, but Duffy was a letdown out of the gate Saturday in Chicago and the Royals' offense couldn't mount a sufficient comeback. Duffy will finish the 2014 regular season with a 9-12 record, 2.53 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 113/53 K/BB ratio in 149 1/3 innings.
    Saturday, 8:21 pm
  • Matt Shoemaker extended long toss Saturday
    Matt Shoemaker (oblique) extended his long toss work on Saturday.

    Advice: Shoemaker has been sidelined since September 16 with a left oblique strain. Along with the extended long toss, he did some simulated throwing work from a mound on Saturday. There is a good chance that he may be able to pitch for the Angels in the postseason.
    Saturday, 3:37 pm
  • Michael Wacha gives up two runs to Arizona
    Michael Wacha surrendered two runs in five-plus innings Friday in a no-decision versus the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Wacha was going all out tonight to make his case for a postseason rotation spot. The end result left the Cardinals with no easy decision, as he was neither sufficiently impressive to lock up a job or disappointing enough to pitch himself out of the mix. As strong as Wacha was last October, it'd be hard not to include him. Still, this isn't the Wacha of 2013 that the Cardinals are dealing with.
    Friday, 11:21 pm
  • Matt Shoemaker plays catch again on Friday
    Matt Shoemaker (oblique) played catch for the fifth consecutive day on Friday and remains optimistic of returning shortly.

    Advice: This time he was able to long toss from a distance of 150 feet. While it doesn't appear that he will make it back before the end of the regular season, the Halos appear to have an opening for the third game of the postseason after Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson that Shoemaker would love to occupy. Provided that he continues to progress, that looks like a strong possibility.
    Friday, 4:40 pm
  • Gausman effective over five innings vs. Yanks
    Kevin Gausman got a no-decision in Thursday's loss against the Yankees, yielding two runs in five innings of work.

    Advice: Gausman was touched up early, giving up two runs after allowing the first two batters he faced in the bottom of the first inning to reach base. The young right-hander settled down from there, though, allowing just three hits and a walk overall while striking out five. It's still unknown if he'll be in the Orioles' post-season rotation. He wraps up his first full season in the major leagues with a 7-7 record, a 3.57 ERA, a 1.34 WHIP, and an 88/38 K/BB ratio.
    Thursday, 7:33 pm
  • Martinez throws 6 2/3 scoreless to top Astros
    Nick Martinez threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up just five hits, and the Rangers held on to beat the Astros 2-1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Martinez has slowly gotten better since his early-season woes, and Tuesday was his best effort yet. Martinez gave up just one extra-base hit, a double, among his five hits allowed, and the right-hander didn't walk a batter. The win improved him to 5-11 and lowered his ERA to 4.61. Martinez will have one more start with which to make an impression, starting the Rangers' season finale against the Athletics Sunday.
    Tuesday, 8:25 pm
    L, 4-0 vs ^ Oak
  • Britton disposes of Yankees to grab 36th save
    Zach Britton pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his 36th save, wrapping up the Orioles' 5-4 win against the Yankees on Tuesday.

    Advice: Britton allowed a two-out single to Brett Gardner, but was able to strike out Derek Jeter to end the contest without any problem. The lefty is now 36-for-40 in save chances with a 1.70 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, and a 61/22 K/BB ratio.
    Tuesday, 8:18 pm
    W, 1-0 @Tor
  • Roark pitches into 7th, picks up his 15th win
    Tanner Roark improved to 15-10, limiting the Mets to two runs over 6 1/3 innings as the Nationals hung on to win on Tuesday.

    Advice: Roark didn't have the swing-and-miss stuff working -- he registered only one strikeout -- but was still able to handle the Mets adroitly. The right-hander scattered five hits without issuing a walk. In the process, he maintained his ERA at 2.85 and now has a 1.09 WHIP with a 138/39 K/BB ratio. Roark is on track to make his final start of the season at home on Sunday against the Marlins.
    Tuesday, 7:12 pm
    W, 1-0 vs Mia
  • Fiers allows two solo homers in loss to Reds
    Mike Fiers allowed two runs, both on home runs, over five innings in a loss to the Reds Tuesday.

    Advice: Fiers made two early mistakes, and Todd Frazier and Devin Mesoraco went back-to-back in the first inning for the only runs against him on the night. Fiers gave up four hits and a walk, striking out just three in the start. The loss was Fiers' second straight, dropping him to 6-4, but he still owns a strong 1.92 ERA on the year. Fiers will likely draw the start for the Brewers' season finale against the Cubs Sunday, giving him one more shot to finish strong.
    Tuesday, 6:52 pm
    Player Note
    Mike Fiers Mil - SP,RP
    L, 5-2 vs ^ ChC
  • Rasmus will be considered for playoff start
    Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday that he "will consider" Cory Rasmus for a playoff start.

    Advice: The proposition obviously wasn't near the radar just a few weeks ago, but Rasmus has surprised with a 1.69 ERA and 16/4 K/BB ratio over 16 innings across five starts after being pressed into rotation duty. He hasn't gone more than four innings or thrown more than 59 pitches in any outing, so any playoff start would be abbreviated. However, Rasmus being picked probably isn't a long shot given the state of the Angels' rotation beyond Jered Weaver.
    Tuesday, 5:45 pm
    Player Note
    Cory Rasmus LAA - SP,RP
    L, 4-1 ^ @Sea
  • Danny Duffy goes six scoreless in win
    Danny Duffy impressed Monday in his return from shoulder inflammation, throwing six scoreless innings in the Royals' 2-0 defeat of the Indians.

    Advice: It ended up being a great day for the Royals, even though they were hung with a loss (in the suspended game). Brandon Finnegan, Wade Davis and Greg Holland finished up the shutout tonight as the Royals gained ground on Detroit and put the Mariners farther in their rear view. Duffy allowed six hits, walked two and struck out five while throwing 96 pitches, which was pretty much the best-case scenario for him. He should get one more start this weekend.
    Monday, 7:36 pm
  • Shoemaker not expected back this week
    Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Monday that the chances of Matt Shoemaker (oblique) pitching this week are "very remote."

    Advice: The good news is that Shoemaker played catch Monday and Scioscia said he's "very encouraged" about the right-hander's chances of being ready for the postseason. The Angels would obviously prefer the rookie right-hander getting a tune-up before the playoffs, but obviously the main goal is to have him available for postseason play, and it sounds like they will.
    Monday, 5:26 pm
  • Yanks designate Outman for assignment
    Yankees designated LHP Josh Outman for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for the newly-claimed Eury Perez on the 40-man roster. Outman was acquired from the Indians less than a month ago and tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings during his brief stint with the team.
    Monday, 1:26 pm
    Not Active
    W, 9-5 @Bos
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