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  • Maeda allows one run in brief start vs. CHC
    Kenta Maeda allowed one run in 3 2/3 innings Thursday in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Cubs.

    Advice: Oddly, Maeda was pulled with two on and two out in the fourth with opposing pitcher Jon Lester coming to the plate. Josh Fields got Lester to fly out to left field to officially close the book on Maeda. The outing could have been much worse, as Maeda needed 26 pitches to get through the first inning. After giving up an RBI double to Anthony Rizzo and walking Ben Zobrist, he struck out Javier Baez and Jason Heyward to avoid further damage. Maeda struck out six batters in all and was pulled at 76 pitches. His bullpen went on to allow seven runs. Yesterday, 9:31 pm
  • Blanton gives up go-ahead homer in loss
    Joe Blanton gave up a go-ahead two-run homer to Addison Russell in the sixth inning in Thursday’s Game 5 loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Blanton is one of the reasons the Dodgers have managed to make it this far this season, as he posted a 2.48 ERA and 80/26 K/BB ratio over 80 innings during the regular season. He also pitched well (and often) during the NLDS against the Nationals. But he might be running on fumes at this point. The veteran right-hander has allowed seven runs on seven hits (including three homers and a double) and two walks in three innings so far during the NLCS. Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Lester goes seven IP as Cubs win NLCS Gm 5
    Jon Lester fired seven innings of one-run ball as the Cubs topped the Dodgers 8-4 in Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday.

    Advice: The Cubs are now just one win away from their first trip to the World Series since 1945. The Dodgers were determined to try to get in Lester’s head, but it just didn’t happen. The lone run scored on a ground out in the fourth inning. The veteran left-hander allowed just five hits in all while walking just one batter and striking out six. He has compiled a 0.86 ERA and 14/2 K/BB ratio in 21 innings over three starts this postseason. Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Strasburg expected to have normal winter
    According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, agent Scott Boras said Thursday that Stephen Strasburg (elbow) is expected to have a normal throwing schedule this offseason and be ready for spring training.

    Advice: Strasburg suffered a partial tear of the pronator tendon in his elbow on September 7. He threw a couple of bullpen sessions this month, but was unable to make it back for the NLDS. The expectation is that he'll be fine after the long offseason, but this situation will obviously be worth monitoring in the spring. Strasburg, 28, posted a 3.60 ERA and 183/44 K/BB over 147 2/3 innings this season. Yesterday, 5:01 pm
    W, 10-7 vs Mia
  • Kershaw told Dodgers he'd pitch whenever
    Clayton Kershaw said Thursday that he told the Dodgers he'll pitch whenever they want.

    Advice: This includes Game 5 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Thursday. "My stance is always the same," said Kershaw, who currently lines up to start Game 6 on Saturday on five days' rest. We doubt that is going to change. Yesterday, 3:44 pm
  • Bauer (finger) expects to be ready for the WS
    Trevor Bauer said he expects his sliced right pinkie to heal in time for the World Series.

    Advice: Cleveland has a long layoff after beating the Blue Jays in five games in the ALCS, which might mess with some players but should be a great benefit to Bauer. He suffered a deep cut on the pinkie of his throwing hand last week while cleaning a remotely controlled drone and he had to exit Monday's ALCS Game 3 start in Toronto after just two-thirds of an inning because he couldn't stop bleeding. "I'll be ready to pitch in the World Series whenever they need me," Bauer told reporters on Wednesday. "I'm doing everything I can and I'll be back out there for sure." Yesterday, 8:33 am
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Kershaw to start Game 6 of NLCS vs. Cubs
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed late Wednesday that Clayton Kershaw will start Game 6 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Kershaw was going to be an option for Game 5 if the Dodgers were facing elimination, but the best-of-seven series is tied 2-2 so Kenta Maeda will pitch on normal rest Thursday at home against Cubs. Kershaw will go in Game 6 on Saturday night at Wrigley Field, after five full days off. The ace left-hander dazzled over seven shutout innings in Game 2 this past Sunday at Wrigley. Yesterday, 5:12 am
  • Lackey surrenders two in Game 4 of NLCS
    John Lackey pitched well in Wednesday's 10-2 win over the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS, surrendering three hits over four-plus innings of two-run ball.

    Advice: Lackey was visibly upset when manager Joe Maddon came out to relieve him with nobody out in the fifth inning. The veteran right-hander had walked the first two batters of the frame prior to Maddon's trot to the mound. Both of those runners would come around to score after he exited the contest. For the evening as a whole, Lackey struck out three and walked three while throwing 72 pitches (41 strikes). In two postseason starts, he has allowed five runs on 10 hits over eight innings. Wednesday, 9:12 pm
  • Four-run fourth dooms Urias in NLCS Gm. 4
    Jose Urias was hit hard in the fourth inning of Wednesday's 10-2 loss to the Cubs in Game 4 of the NLCS, surrendering four runs in the frame.

    Advice: Urias held the Cubs scoreless over three innings before they finally broke out of their recent offensive slump. In the fourth, the young southpaw surrendered an RBI single to Willson Contreras and an RBI groundout to Jason Heyward to put the Dodgers down 2-0. Addison Russell subsequently came through with a two-run homer to boost the road team to a 4-0 advantage. Urias struck out four and walked two on the evening, scattering four hits along the way. With the series now knotted at two games apiece, Jon Lester and Kenta Maeda will square off in Game 5 before the series shifts back to Chicago. Wednesday, 9:10 pm
  • Jays eliminated as Estrada coughs up two HR
    Marco Estrada was victimized by several mistakes in Wednesday's 3-0 loss to the Indians in Game 5 of the ALCS, coughing up two home runs and three total runs over six innings.

    Advice: Estrada pitched well enough, striking out seven and scattering five hits over his six innings of work. Unfortunately for the Jays, "well enough" wasn't enough to keep the season alive. Mike Napoli burned him for a deep RBI double in the first inning to open the scoring. The two other runs to come home on the veteran right-hander's watch both scored via solo home runs, with Carlos Santana and Coco Crisp whacking solo shots in the third and fourth innings, respectively. In three postseason starts, Estrada pitched to a strong 1.85 ERA with a 19/1 K/BB ratio over 24 1/3 innings. Wednesday, 3:50 pm
    W, 2-1 @Bos
  • Kenta Maeda will start Game 5 for Dodgers
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that Kenta Maeda will start Game 5 of the NLCS regardless of the outcome of Game 4.

    Advice: Clayton Kershaw was an option on short rest should the Dodgers have found themselves facing elimination in Game 5. As the Dodgers have won each of the last two games to take a 2-1 series lead, they won't have to worry about Game 5 as an elimination game, even if the Cubs win Game 4 on Wednesday. In his two postseason starts this month, Maeda has scuffled, surrendering seven runs on nine hits over seven innings. Wednesday, 2:23 pm
  • Francona hoping Bauer (finger) a pen option
    Prior to Game 5 of the ALCS, Indians manager Terry Francona said that he hoped that Trevor Bauer (finger) could be an option out of the bullpen should the series elongate.

    Advice: "[We want] to look and see if he's potentially a guy that could pitch out of the bullpen later in this series. I don't know if that's realistic or not," Francona said. Bauer was forced to exit in the first inning of Game 3 after a laceration on his right pinkie opened up. Francona relayed that the cut would be reexamined by hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham while the Indians are in Toronto. Wednesday, 1:25 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Hill stellar over six, Dodgers take NLCS lead
    Rich Hill shut out the Cubs over six innings Tuesday in the Dodgers' 6-0 NLCS Game 3 victory.

    Advice: Hill was sensational, yielding just two walks and two hits -- both singles -- while striking out six. He ran into a bit of trouble in the top of the second, but the crafty left-hander was able to strand Anthony Rizzo at third base and Jorge Soler at second base with a strikeout of Addison Russell and a groundout from Miguel Montero. Joe Blanton, Grant Dayton, and closer Kenley Jansen combined to finish off the shutout. It's the first time in history the Cubs have been shut out in consecutive postseason games. Los Angeles leads 2-1 in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series. Tuesday, 8:30 pm
  • Arrieta allows four runs in NLCS Game 3 loss
    Jake Arrieta surrendered four earned runs over five innings as the Cubs dropped Game 3 of the NLCS to the Dodgers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Arrieta looked sharp in the first two innings, but Corey Seager opened the game's scoring with an RBI single in the bottom of the third and then Yasmani Grandal slugged a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth. Justin Turner's solo shot led off the bottom of the sixth, put the Dodgers up 4-0, and drove Arrieta from the game. Cubs reliever Mike Montgomery coughed up another two runs in the eighth. Los Angeles now has a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series with the next two games at Dodger Stadium. Tuesday, 8:28 pm
  • Kluber allows two runs in Game 4 loss
    Corey Kluber surrendered two earned runs over five innings Tuesday as the Indians fell to the Blue Jays in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.

    Advice: Starting on short rest for the first time in his career, Kluber gave up a solo homer to Josh Donaldson in the bottom of the third inning and an RBI single to Ezequiel Carrera in the bottom of the fourth. Kluber struck out seven but yielded four hits and two walks before exiting the game at 89 pitches. He'll be called on again for Game 7 of the ALCS if the Blue Jays can force the best-of-seven series to go that far. Tuesday, 4:11 pm
  • Sanchez holds Indians to two hits in Game 4
    Aaron Sanchez delivered six innings of one-run ball Tuesday as the Blue Jays topped the Indians in Game 4 of the ALCS.

    Advice: Sanchez looked completely in control while limiting the Tribe to two hits and two walks and striking out five. He was working on eight days of rest after allowing six earned runs over 5 2/3 innings in his ALDS Game 3 start against the Rangers. Toronto has been trying to watch the 24-year-old right-hander's workload, but it'll be awfully tempting to turn back to him in some capacity if this American League Championship Series goes seven games. Tuesday, 4:10 pm
    W, 2-1 @Bos
  • Kershaw 'prepared' to start Game 5 of NLCS
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he hasn't spoken to Clayton Kershaw about starting Game 5 of the NLCS but noted the ace left-hander is "prepared for anything."

    Advice: Kershaw is almost certain to take the ball in Game 5 if the Dodgers are facing elimination, but he'll go in Game 6 otherwise. Kershaw dazzled over seven shutout innings in Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday against the Cubs, striking out six while yielding just a pair of singles and a walk in the Dodgers' 1-0 victory. Kenta Maeda is lined up to start Game 5 for now. Tuesday, 1:45 pm
  • Tommy Milone has elected free agency
    Tommy Milone has elected free agency.

    Advice: Milone was removed from the Twins' 40-man roster and has decided to get an early jump on free agency. The left-hander held a 5.71 ERA over 19 appearances -- 12 starts -- this season and it wouldn't be a surprise if he wound up having to settle for a minor league deal. Monday, 9:43 pm
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    W, 6-3 @CWS
  • Indians not ruling out Bauer for rest of ALCS
    The Indians aren't ruling out Trevor Bauer (finger) being available to pitch for them in a potential Game 6 or 7 of the ALCS.

    Advice: Bauer had to depart Monday's Game 3 start after just two-thirds of an inning when the cut on his right pinky opened up. Given how bad it looked, it's hard to imagine the finger being in good enough shape to handle pitching later this week. However, the Indians apparently aren't ruling it out. Ideally, they'd obviously love to close out the Blue Jays as quick as possible and give Bauer plenty of rest before the World Series. Monday, 9:22 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Marcus Stroman takes loss in ALCS Game 3
    Marcus Stroman was charged with four runs over 5 1/3 innings of work in Monday's ALCS Game 3 loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Stroman gave up just three hits on the night, but two of them left the yard and he also walked three batters. One of the runs charged to Stroman scored after he left, as Joe Biagini yielded an RBI single in the sixth. The Blue Jays' bullpen held the Indians in check otherwise, but the Toronto bats continue to be silent. They're now one loss away from being eliminated. The Blue Jays will send Aaron Sanchez to the hill against Corey Kluber in Game 4 as they look to stay alive. Monday, 9:00 pm
  • Kluber to start ALCS Game 4 on short rest
    Indians manager Terry Francona said in a mid-game interview during Game 3 that Corey Kluber will start Tuesday's ALCS Game 4 against the Blue Jays on short rest.

    Advice: Francona indicated before the game that that's the way he would go should Trevor Bauer's finger injury force him from Game 3 early, and Bauer wound up lasting just two-thirds of an inning. Kluber has never started a game on short rest in his career, but he now might have to start two straight on three days' rest should the ALCS go seven games. Ryan Merritt will get the ball in Game 5. Monday, 6:18 pm
  • Bauer (finger) exits after 2/3 of an inning
    Trevor Bauer departed Monday's ALCS Game 3 against the Blue Jays after two-thirds of an inning when the stitches in his right pinky came loose.

    Advice: Bauer had his start pushed back after cutting his finger while repairing his drone, and he couldn't make it through one inning even after the extra time to heal. There was blood pouring out of the finger and he simply couldn't go on, as he was pulled with two outs and two runners on. His status for the rest of the ALCS and perhaps the World Series (should the Indians make it) is very much in question. Corey Kluber is now looking likely to start Game 4 on short rest, with Ryan Merritt going in Game 5. Monday, 5:39 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Maeda starting Game 5 'as it stands now'
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Monday that Kenta Maeda is his NLCS Game 5 starter "as it stands now."

    Advice: Roberts appears to be leaving open the possibility of starting Clayton Kershaw on short rest should the Dodgers be facing elimination. If Kershaw should start on Thursday, he would potentially be available as a relief option in Game 7. Maeda struggled in Game 1 and hasn't pitched well dating back to the last couple weeks of the regular season. Monday, 5:17 pm
  • Dodgers confirm Julio Urias as Game 4 starter
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed Monday that Julio Urias will start Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday.

    Advice: It had been the presumption, but Roberts didn't want to make it official until Monday. Urias didn't make a start during the NLDS victory over the Nationals but tossed two scoreless innings in a relief appearance. Roberts will have a quick hook for the rookie if he shows early signs of struggles. At 20 years and 68 days, Urias will be the youngest starter in postseason history. Monday, 5:06 pm
  • Taijuan Walker undergoes surgery on ankle
    Taijuan Walker underwent arthroscopic surgery Monday to remove a bone fragment from his right ankle.

    Advice: Walker first started having issues with his ankle in June and his performance certainly seemed to suffer, as he posted a 5.68 ERA from July on after going into the month with a 3.29 mark. He's expected to be 100 percent at the start of spring training and hopefully this will help lead to more consistent results for him in 2017. Monday, 3:49 pm
    L, 3-2 vs Oak
  • Pat Dean outrighted to Triple-A
    Twins sent LHP Pat Dean outright to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Dean held a 6.28 ERA over 19 games -- nine starts -- for the Twins in 2016. He's now off the 40-man roster. Monday, 3:37 pm
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    W, 6-3 @CWS
  • Tommy Milone outrighted to Triple-A
    Twins sent LHP Tommy Milone outright to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: He's now off the 40-man roster. Milone posted a 5.71 ERA over 19 appearances -- 12 starts -- for the Twins this season. He's arbitration-eligible this winter but is sure to be non-tendered. Monday, 3:32 pm
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    W, 6-3 @CWS
  • Carrasco (hand) six weeks from throwing
    Carlos Carrasco (hand) is no longer wearing a cast and is hoping to resume throwing in six weeks.

    Advice: Carrasco is just over four weeks removed from suffering a fractured fifth metacarpal bone in his right hand. He's obviously not going to make it back this postseason no matter how long the Indians are in it, but he should have a relatively normal offseason. Monday, 3:01 pm
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    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Danny Salazar (forearm) still not game-ready
    Indians manager Terry Francona said Monday that he was impressed with Danny Salazar's (forearm) two-inning simulated game Sunday.

    Advice: However, the skipped also noted that Salazar isn't game-ready yet. Whether he can become game-ready in time for the World Series -- should the Indians make it there -- remains to be seen. If the right-hander does make it back for the Fall Classic, it could be as a reliever. Salazar hasn't pitched since early September due to a strained right flexor musculature. Monday, 2:51 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Kluber in Game 4 if Bauer's outing is short
    Corey Kluber will start Game 4 of the ALCS for the Indians if Trevor Bauer's Game 3 start is a short one.

    Advice: If Bauer lasts a while in his outing, Kluber will take the ball in Game 5 and Ryan Merritt will start Game 4. Presumably, the thinking here is that bringing Kluber back on short rest for Game 4 would potentially make him an option to come back again on short rest for a possible Game 7. Kluber tossed 6 1/3 shutout innings in Game 1. Monday, 2:24 pm
  • Nationals release Bronson Arroyo
    Nationals released RHP Bronson Arroyo.

    Advice: Arroyo tried to revitalize his career this summer in the Nationals' minor league system, but ongoing shoulder and elbow troubles scrapped that idea. It's not clear whether the 39-year-old right-hander is planning another comeback attempt. Monday, 9:02 am
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    W, 10-7 vs Mia
  • Donn Roach elects free agency
    Donn Roach has elected free agency.

    Advice: Roach was outrighted off the Athletics' 40-man roster earlier this month. The 26-year-old right-hander owns a rough 5.77 ERA and 1.77 WHIP in 39 career innings at the major league level. Monday, 9:00 am
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    W, 3-2 @Sea
  • Brandon Beachy elects free agency
    Brandon Beachy has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: 2016 was another lost season for Beachy, who's made just two starts at the major league level since 2013 due to elbow issues. The 30-year-old right-hander will have to prove his health before another team takes a chance. Monday, 8:49 am
    7-Day DL
    L, 7-1 @SF
  • Sean O'Sullivan elects free agency
    Sean O'Sullivan has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: O'Sullivan was pushed off Boston's 40-man roster in August after registering a 6.75 ERA in 21 1/3 innings out of the Red Sox bullpen. The 29-year-old right-hander will likely have to settle for a minor league contract on the open market. Monday, 8:30 am
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    L, 2-1 vs Tor
  • Clayton Kershaw dazzles in Game 2 victory
    Clayton Kershaw dazzled over seven shutout innings on Sunday, defeating the Cubs in Game 2 of the NLCS.

    Advice: The star southpaw punched out six on the night while allowing just a pair of singles and one walk. He was perfect through the first 4 2/3 innings before Javy Baez singled with two outs in the fifth. Willson Contreras immediately followed with another single to give the Cubs their largest threat, but Kershaw was able to bear down and get Jason Heyward to pop out to end the inning. He now sports a 3.72 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 25/4 K/BB ratio across 19 1/3 innings this postseason. He's expected to get the ball again in Game 6 of the series, though if the Dodgers are facing elimination in Game 5, that plan could change. Sunday, 7:57 pm
  • Hendricks pitches well in loss to Dodgers
    Kyle Hendricks pitched well in a losing effort against the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday, surrendering just one run on three hits over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: The right-hander uncharacteristically walked four on the night while striking out five. The only blemish on his evening was a solo home run off the bat of Adrian Gonzalez leading off the second inning. That would prove to be the only offense in the ballgame for either side. He'll get a chance for redemption against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers should the series stretch to six games. Sunday, 7:55 pm
  • Salazar to throw simulated game on Sunday
    Danny Salazar (forearm) is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Sunday in Toronto.

    Advice: While he wasn't able to make it back for the ALCS, the right-hander is still hopeful for a return should the Indians advance to the World Series. Depending on how he does against live hitters on Sunday, there' s a realistic chance that he could indeed make it back into the fold this season. Sunday, 3:49 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Julio Urias a strong option to start Game 4
    According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, Julio Urias is throwing a bullpen session on Sunday and is a "strong option" to start Game 4 of the NLCS against the Cubs.

    Advice: The Dodgers are rolling with Rich Hill in Game 3 and the writing is certainly on the wall for the young southpaw to get the ball in the fourth game of the series. He has allowed a hit and a pair of walks over two scoreless innings so far this postseason. Sunday, 2:34 pm
  • Kluber willing to take the ball on short rest
    Corey Kluber said Sunday that he's ready and willing to start on short rest in Game 4 of the ALCS if manager Terry Francona asks him to.

    Advice: As it currently stands, the Indians have Mike Clevinger lined up to start for a few innings. It may depend on the outcome of Game 3, but there may be no need to push Kluber up if the Indians come into the game with a massive 3-0 lead in the series. If they drop Game 3 however, the former Cy Young Award winner seems likely to get the call. Sunday, 2:03 pm
  • Trevor Bauer (finger) has played catch twice
    Trevor Bauer has played catch twice since suffering a lacerated right pinky finger while repairing his drone.

    Advice: Bauer was pushed back from Game 2 to Game 3 of the ALCS following the incident, but the Indians expect him to be fine to pitch Monday in Toronto. The club will obviously keep a close eye on him to make sure the injury isn't affecting him at all. "The first concern is that you hope it doesn't interfere with his touch and feel to pitch," said manager Terry Francona. "I don't think that's an issue because he's already thrown twice. Then we have to make sure that the thing doesn't open up to where it's bleeding, because they won't let him pitch." Sunday, 6:35 am
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Kenta Maeda sluggish in Game 1 no-decision
    Kenta Maeda struggled on Saturday, yielding four hits, three runs and three walks in four innings in the Dodgers' loss to the Cubs in Game 1 of the NLCS.

    Advice: He recorded two strikeouts in the no-decision. Maeda’s biggest contribution was a single off Jon Lester in the second inning, though the hit led to Adrian Gonzalez being thrown out at home plate. The right-hander really struggled in the first two innings, allowing four hits, one walk and a wild pitch in that span. Maeda somehow walked Lester, a career .064 hitter, both times he faced him. He was in line for the loss but was bailed out by Adrian Gonzalez, who erased the Cubs’ two-run lead with a bases-loaded single in the eighth inning. If Maeda pitches again this series, it will likely be in Game 5. Saturday, 9:14 pm
  • Jon Lester yields one run in no-decision
    Jon Lester pitched well in a no-decision, allowing four hits, one run and one walk in the Cubs' win over the Dodgers Saturday in Game 1 of the NLCS.

    Advice: He also recorded three strikeouts. Miguel Montero’s late-inning heroics will grab the headlines and rightly so, but Lester was tremendous on Saturday and should have gotten the win. The only run he allowed came on a solo shot by Andre Ethier that would have stayed in the yard if the wind wasn’t blowing out to left field. Cubs manager Joe Maddon made a somewhat questionable decision by lifting Lester for a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning. The Cubs were ahead at the time and Lester was only at 77 pitches. Lester has been a postseason stud since his Boston days and has continued that trend as a member of the Cubs. Barring a Cubs sweep, he’ll get the ball again in Game 5. Saturday, 8:58 pm
  • Hill announced as Dodgers' Game 3 starter
    Updating an earlier report, Rich Hill will start Tuesday against the Cubs in Game 3 of the NLCS.

    Advice: He'll be going on normal rest after pitching Thursday in Game 5 of the NLDS against Washington. This also puts Hill in line to start Game 7, if necessary. Hill did not pitch against the Cubs during the regular season. Clayton Kershaw will start Game 2 for the Dodgers while manager Dave Roberts has yet to announce who will pitch in Game 4. Saturday, 3:07 pm
  • Rich Hill expects to pitch Game 3 of NLCS
    Rich Hill said he'll be available to start Tuesday against the Cubs in Game 3 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Hill has been excellent when healthy but has battled blister problems all year and was lifted after only 2 2/3 innings Thursday in Game 5 of the NLDS against Washington. He made it through Saturday's bullpen session without issue, which should put him in line to start Tuesday's Game 3. "I could pitch today," said Hill. "It's all hands on deck." Hill went 0-1 with a 6.43 ERA over two starts in the Division Series. Saturday, 2:39 pm
  • Kershaw officially announced as Game 2 starter
    The Dodgers have officially announced Clayton Kershaw as the starter for Game 2 of the NLCS against the Cubs.

    Advice: The move was widely expected but was not announced until Saturday. Kershaw said at Saturday's press conference that he'll have no restrictions in Game 2. The last time we saw Kershaw was Thursday night when he threw seven pitches to pick up the save in the Dodgers' NLDS-clinching win over the Nationals. He hasn't pitched all that well this postseason, logging a mediocre 5.84 ERA over 12 1/3 innings. The Cubs will counter with Kyle Hendricks, who led the majors in ERA this season. Saturday, 2:30 pm
  • Indians haven't ruled out Kluber for Game 4
    Indians manager Terry Francona hasn't ruled out the possibility of Corey Kluber starting on short rest in Game 4 of the ALCS against the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

    Advice: Mike Clevinger is currently lined up for the start, but he's two weeks removed from his last game action and hasn't started a game since September 22. Francona is now taking things on a "game by game" basis. "We've talked about not just Game 4, but Games 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7, because there's a little ambiguity there with Trevor and his finger and Clevinger not being stretched out,'' said Francona. "So I think there are some options for us moving forward." Kluber spun 6 1/3 scoreless innings in Game 1 on Friday. He has never started a game on short rest in the majors. Saturday, 11:47 am
  • Alex Wood, Enrique Hernandez on NLCS roster
    Alex Wood is on the Dodgers' roster for the NLCS against the Cubs.

    Advice: As previously reported, Enrique Hernandez will also be included on the Dodgers' roster. Charlie Culberson and Austin Barnes were both on the NLDS roster, but they didn't make the cut for this series. Wood finished the regular season in a relief role after returning from an elbow injury and will give Dodgers manager Dave Roberts another lefty option out of the bullpen. Saturday, 9:31 am
  • Corey Kluber fans six, defeats Jays in Game 1
    Corey Kluber defeated the Blue Jays in Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday, scattering six hits over 6 1/3 innings of shutout baseball.

    Advice: Kluber punched out six on the night while walking two. He battled through the early innings and needed 100 pitches to record his 19 outs, but the former Cy Young Award winner was able to bear down and make big pitches when he needed to. He then turned the ball over to Andrew Miller and Cody Allen who got the final eight outs without issue. He'll get the ball again in a rematch against Marco Estrada and the Jays in Game 5 of the series. Friday, 7:58 pm
  • Estrada logs 1st career complete game in loss
    Marco Estrada logged the first complete game of his MLB career, but wound up on the losing end of the decision after allowing two runs on six hits over his eight innings against the Indians in Game 1 of the ALCS.

    Advice: The right-hander racked up six strikeouts on the night while walking only one. The only blemish on his strong outing was a two-run blast off the bat of Francisco Lindor in the sixth inning that proved to be the extent of the offense in the ballgame. Barring a sweep, he'll get another chance against the Indians in Game 5 next week. Friday, 7:54 pm
    W, 2-1 @Bos
  • Clayton Kershaw expected to start Game 2
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts indicated Friday that Clayton Kershaw will start Sunday's NLCS Game 2 versus the Cubs.

    Advice: Kershaw threw 110 pitches on three days' rest in Game 4 of the NLDS and seven pitches on one day of rest in Game 5, and now he'll come back for another start on two days' rest. The left-hander will face Kyle Hendricks on Sunday. Friday, 2:40 pm
  • Kenta Maeda officially named Game 1 starter
    The Dodgers have officially named Kenta Maeda their NLCS Game 1 starter against the Cubs.

    Advice: He was the obvious choice with Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill unavailable. Maeda, who will square off against Jon Lester, was lit up for four runs over just three innings in an NLDS Game 3 loss to the Nationals. The Dodgers have not officially announced any of their starters beyond Maeda, although Kershaw is expected to get the ball in Game 2. Friday, 2:33 pm
  • Hendricks (forearm) cleared to start Game 2
    Kyle Hendricks (forearm) will start Game 2 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Sunday.

    Advice: Hendricks was officially given the go-ahead after getting through another bullpen session Friday with no issues. The right-hander was struck on the pitching forearm by a line drive in his NLDS Game 2 outing, but he's feeling fine now. He'll be preceded by Jon Lester and followed by Jake Arrieta and John Lackey. Friday, 12:46 pm
  • Hendricks (forearm) says he's ready to go
    Kyle Hendricks (forearm) threw another bullpen session Friday and declared himself ready to pitch whenever the Cubs need him.

    Advice: Hendricks had to exit Game 2 of the NLDS against the Giants after being hit in the right forearm by a liner, but he's recovered nicely. He'll presumably start one of Games 2-4, although the Cubs have yet to officially announce anything beyond Jon Lester getting the ball in Game 1 on Saturday. Friday, 12:29 pm
  • Trevor Bauer (pinky) pushed back to Game 3
    Trevor Bauer's first start of the ALCS has been pushed back to Game 3 after he suffered a non-baseball injury to his right pinky.

    Advice: Bauer apparently cut the outside of his pinky while repairing his drone. Seriously. He'll get a couple extra days to heal and will start the first game in Toronto, with Josh Tomlin moving up to start Game 2 in Cleveland. Corey Kluber is opposing Marco Estrada in Game 1 on Friday. Friday, 12:07 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Hill pulled in third inning against Nationals
    Rich Hill lasted just 2 2/3 innings in Game 5 of the NLDS against the Nationals on Thursday.

    Advice: Hill was going on short rest in a do-or-die game, so he wasn’t expected to work deep into this one, but the Dodgers ideally would have gotten more from him. They ended up winning anyway. Hill threw 55 pitches while giving up three hits and two walks (one intentional). Six of his eight outs were via the strikeout. Thursday, 9:57 pm
  • Kershaw gets the save as Dodgers move on
    Clayton Kershaw secured the final two outs for his first career save as the Dodgers beat the Nationals in the decisive Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday.

    Advice: It was assumed that Kershaw wouldn't be available after he threw 110 pitches in short rest in Game 4 on Tuesday, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts threw all the rules out the window in this one. Kenley Jansen was clearly spent after throwing 51 pitches over 2 1/3 innings and walking a pair of batters in the ninth, so Roberts called on Kershaw to face Daniel Murphy. He got him to pop up to second base before striking out Wilmer Difo swinging for the win. This was Kershaw's first relief appearance since Game 5 of the 2009 NLCS. Thursday, 9:44 pm
  • Maeda throws bullpen session Thursday
    Kenta Maeda threw a bullpen session on Thursday.

    Advice: As of now, Maeda is lined up to start Game 1 if the Dodgers advance to face the Cubs in the NLCS. The Dodgers haven't completely ruled out using him in Game 5 against the Nationals on Thursday, so this is all subject to change. Thursday, 4:23 pm
  • Kershaw not available to pitch in Game 5
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that Clayton Kershaw is "absolutely not" available for Game 5 of the NLDS against the Nationals on Thursday.

    Advice: It's not a big surprise. Kershaw threw 110 pitches on short rest in Game 4 on Tuesday. Rich Hill will start Game 5 and Julio Urias could end up playing a big role out of the bullpen. Thursday, 2:38 pm
  • Jon Lester to start Game 1 of NLCS for Cubs
    Jon Lester will start Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday in Chicago.

    Advice: Cubs manager Joe Maddon made that announcement Thursday in a chat with the media at Wrigley Field. Tuesday night's comeback win in Game 4 of the NLDS against the Giants was huge for Chicago's rotation alignment leading into the best-of-seven National League Championship Series. Kyle Hendricks likely takes Game 2, with Jake Arrieta handling Game 3 and John Lackey on tap for Game 4. Lester pitched eight innings of shutout ball in his one Division Series appearance versus San Francisco. Thursday, 1:14 pm
  • Strasburg (elbow) will not be ready for NLCS
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker confirmed Thursday that Stephen Strasburg (elbow) is not going to be an option the NLCS.

    Advice: "He won't be available for the next series," Baker told reporters before Game 5 of the NLDS. "It would be a miracle if he was." Strasburg felt renewed discomfort in his right elbow while throwing a bullpen session Monday and can probably be ruled out for the postseason entirely. He was diagnosed in early September with a pronator tendon strain. Thursday, 1:08 pm
    W, 10-7 vs Mia
  • Aaron Sanchez lined up for Game 4 of ALCS
    Aaron Sanchez is lined up to start Game 4 of the ALCS against the Indians.

    Advice: Marco Estrada will take Game 1, J.A. Happ is on for Game 2, and Marcus Stroman will go in Game 3. Sanchez struggled in his ALDS Game 3 start against the Rangers and the Blue Jays are trying to watch his workload. It should be noted that the 24-year-old right-hander finished the 2016 regular season on a great run, showing no signs of fatigue. Thursday, 12:35 pm
    W, 2-1 @Bos
  • Rich Hill confirmed as LAD's Game 5 starter
    Rich Hill will start Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday against the Nationals, the Dodgers confirmed.

    Advice: Hill announced to reporters that he would be the Game 5 starter following Tuesday's Game 4 victory, and now it is official. The veteran left-hander allowed four runs on two walks and six hits over 4 1/3 innings in the Dodgers' NLDS Game 2 loss at Washington. He'll try to out-pitch Max Scherzer in Thursday night's loser-goes-home matchup at Nationals Park. Thursday, 8:38 am
  • Salazar (forearm) unlikely for ALCS roster
    Indians manager Terry Francona said that Danny Salazar (forearm) is unlikely to make the ALCS roster.

    Advice: When asked if Salazar had a shot at pitching in the best-of-seven Championship Series versus Toronto, Francona said, "I don't think so, I really don't." Salazar continues to rehab from a mild strain of his right flexor musculature. He last appeared in a game in early September. While the 26-year-old right-hander threw a bullpen session on Monday, he still has work to do before he is ready for a return to live action. Salazar has not been ruled out as an option for the World Series should the Indians win the American League pennant. Wednesday, 1:30 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Corey Kluber leads Indians rotation for ALCS
    Corey Kluber will start Game 1 of the ALCS against the Blue Jays on Friday.

    Advice: The Indians have now set their rotation through Game 4. Kluber will face off with the Blue Jays' Marco Estrada in series-opener, with Trevor Bauer, Josh Tomlin and Mike Clevenger all slated to follow with starts as the series unfolds. Clevenger's Game 4 outing is the most uncertain of this bunch, as he could potentially see bullpen work in the first three games. Wednesday, 1:20 pm
  • CLE expected to use four starters in ALCS
    The Indians are expected to use four starters in the ALCS against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Corey Kluber is expected to start Game 1 on Friday and will be followed by Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin. It's unclear who would start a potential Game 4, but Mike Clevinger looks like a possibility for the assignment in what could end up being a bullpen game. Wednesday, 12:42 pm
  • Lackey allows three runs but Cubs win Gm. 4
    John Lackey allowed three earned runs in four innings Tuesday in the Cubs' NLDS Game 4 win over the Giants.

    Advice: Lackey gave up a run in the first inning on a Buster Posey RBI sac fly and two more in the fourth inning on a single and RBI groundout, exiting the game to a San Francisco lead. But the Cubs rallied for four runs in the ninth inning against the Giants bullpen to win the game and advance to the National League Championship Series. Lackey will again serve as the Cubs' fourth starter in that best-of-seven matchup. The opponent will either be the Dodgers or Nats. Tuesday, 9:22 pm
  • Rich Hill will get Game 5 of NLDS for Dodgers
    Rich Hill said he will start for the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday against the Nationals.

    Advice: He'll face off against right-hander Max Scherzer in the loser-goes-home tilt at Nationals Park. Hill got lit up for four runs on two walks and six hits over 4 1/3 innings in the Dodgers' loss to the Nationals in NLDS Game 2, but he was dominant in the regular season when he wasn't fighting blister issues. This will be the third career postseason start for the 36-year-old southpaw. Tuesday, 6:37 pm
  • Kershaw charged with five runs in Game 4
    Clayton Kershaw yielded five earned runs over 6 2/3 innings but the Dodgers topped the Nationals in Game 4 of the NLDS on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

    Advice: Kershaw wasn't at his sharpest, especially early, but he did finish the outing with 11 strikeouts and three of those five runs crossed the plate after the ace left-hander was lifted in the top of the seventh. Chase Utley grabbed the lead back for the Dodgers with an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth and Kenley Jansen closed out the Game 5-forcing victory with a clean ninth. Kershaw has now been charged with eight runs in 11 2/3 innings this postseason, but he'll be leaned on heavily in the NLCS if Los Angeles can advance. Tuesday, 6:02 pm
  • Kyle Hendricks (arm) says he is 'good to go'
    Kyle Hendricks (forearm) said he is "good to go."

    Advice: Hendricks was struck in the right forearm by an Angel Pagan line drive during his NLDS Game 2 start against the Giants on Saturday, but he escaped with a minor bruise. The right-hander should be fine for the NLCS. He might also be available in emergency long relief if the Giants force a Game 5 in the Division Series. Cubs manager Joe Maddon has quite a few great options. Tuesday, 3:54 pm
  • Sanchez likely to start Game 4 of ALCS
    Blue Jays manager John Gibbons indicated Tuesday that Aaron Sanchez is likely to start Game 4 of the ALCS against the Indians.

    Advice: Marco Estrada is lined up to start Game 1 on Friday, but everything else hasn't been set in stone. Sanchez scuffled in his Game 3 ALDS start against the Rangers on Sunday, allowing six runs on three hits (including two homers) and four walks over 5 2/3 innings. Tuesday, 12:42 pm
    W, 2-1 @Bos
  • Estrada to start Game 1 of ALCS vs. Indians
    Blue Jays manager John Gibbons announced Tuesday that Marco Estrada will start Game 1 of the ALCS against the Indians.

    Advice: Gibbons said he's undecided on the order beyond that, but Aaron Sanchez is expected to start toward the end of the first four games. Estrada allowed one run in 8 1/3 innings in a brilliant outing against the Rangers during the ALDS. The ALCS will begin on Friday in Cleveland. Tuesday, 11:21 am
    W, 2-1 @Bos
  • Strasburg stopped bullpen due to discomfort
    Stephen Strasburg stopped his bullpen session early on Monday after feeling some discomfort.

    Advice: Strasburg was scheduled to throw 35 pitches and he was shut down about five short of that total. Nationals manager Dusty Baker downplayed the issue to reporters on Tuesday, but obviously any kind of setback could rule him out from contributing this postseason. Strasburg has been out since early September with a tear in the pronator tendon of his elbow. Tuesday, 10:51 am
    W, 10-7 vs Mia
  • Dodgers officially going with Kershaw in Gm 4
    The Dodgers have officially announced Clayton Kershaw as their starter for Game 4 of the NLDS against the Nationals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Kershaw ultimately got the nod over 20-year-old rookie Julio Urias. He'll be going on three days' rest, but the decision is not a huge surprise with the Dodgers facing elimination. For what it's worth, Kershaw owns a 1.89 ERA, and 23/4 K/BB ratio in 19 innings over three previous starts on short rest in the postseason. The Dodgers need a big performance on Tuesday. Tuesday, 9:03 am
  • Arrieta does it all Mon. but Cubs still lose
    Jake Arrieta did it with the bat and the arm Monday against the Giants, hitting a three-run homer and allowing two runs over six frames, but the Cubs fell in extra innings.

    Advice: Arrieta took Madison Bumgarner out to left field with a line drive shot with two outs in the second inning, silencing a stunned AT&T Park. He also struck out five while yielding just six hits and a walk in his six innings, but the Giants came back in the eighth inning and eventually won it in the 13th. Arrieta is obviously hoping to pitch in Game 1 or 2 of the NLCS rather than this being his final appearance of the postseason. Tuesday, 12:12 am
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