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  • James Shields won't exercise opt-out clause
    James Shields will not exercise the opt-out clause in his contract, per SB Nation's Chris Cotillo.

    Advice: An easy decision for Shields, who is owed $21 million each of the next two seasons with a $16 million club option (or $2 million buyout) for 2019. The veteran right-hander posted brutal 6-19 record, 5.85 ERA, and 1.60 WHIP across 33 starts in 2016 while earning $21 million -- $16 million of it paid by the Padres. San Diego is still on the hook for another $22 million of the $44 million Shields is still owed. Shields will turn 35 years old in December. Today, 10:39 am
  • Chapman, Cubs beat rain for Game 2 win
    Aroldis Chapman tossed 1 1/3 innings of scoreless ball to preserve the Cubs' 5-1 win over the Indians in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday.

    Advice: With a massive rainstorm bearing down on Cleveland, Chapman entered with two outs and a runner on in the eighth inning. The Cubs held a 5-1 lead at the time, so there was no save situation. He struck out Jose Ramirez to end the would-be threat, then recorded the first two outs in the ninth without issue. He did walk Brandon Guyer to extend the frame, but would induce a Roberto Perez ground out to end the game. The rain held off for just long enough to get this one in the books. Onward to Wrigley Field, now, with Game 3 scheduled for Friday in a 1-1 series. Yesterday, 8:26 pm
  • Zach McAllister ineffective in 2/3 innings
    Zach McAllister surrendered an RBI triple to Ben Zobrist in the fifth inning of Wednesday's loss to the Cubs in Game 2 of the World Series.

    Advice: McAllister came on for Trevor Bauer with two outs in the fourth inning and proceeded to strike out Dexter Fowler to close out that frame. He would open the fifth with a strikeout of Kris Bryant, but after allowing walking Anthony Rizzo following a 10-pitch battle, he proceeded to allow an RBI triple to Zobrist. At which point, McAllister was relieved of duty. Zobrist would score on an RBI single by Kyle Schwarber after the 28-year-old right-hander exited stage left. McAllister has made two appearances this postseason, allowing three runs over 1 1/3 frames. Yesterday, 8:18 pm
  • Arrieta shuts down Tribe to even World Series
    Jake Arrieta kept the Indians at bay in Wednesday's 5-1 win in Game 2 of the World Series, yielding one run on two hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: The Indians were unable to pick up a hit against Arrieta until the sixth inning, when Jason Kipnis secured a hustle double with one out. Kipnis would move to third on a ground out by Francisco Lindor and score on a wild pitch. Mike Napoli would follow with a single to force Arrieta from the game. He finished his outing having walked three and struck out six. In three postseason starts covering 16 2/3 innings, the 30-year-old right-hander has surrendered seven runs on 14 hits while putting up a 16/4 K/BB ratio. With the series now tied up at 1-1, proceedings shift to Chicago for Games 3-5. Kyle Hendricks will start for the Cubs on Friday, with Josh Tomlin set to roll for the Indians. Yesterday, 8:16 pm
  • Pitch count undermines Bauer in Game 2 loss
    Trevor Bauer failed to provide length in Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Cubs in Game 2 of the World Series, allowing two runs on six hits over 3 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Bauer surrendered an RBI double to Anthony Rizzo in the first inning and later coughed up an RBI single to Kyle Schwarber in the third, but his issue was less surrendering hits and more simple inefficiency. He had already thrown 51 pitches by the time he finished off the Cubs in the top of the second inning. He would end his 3 2/3 frames having thrown 87 pitches (53 strikes). For the evening as a whole, Bauer struck out two and walked two. On the more positive side of the ledger, Bauer's lacerated right pinkie -- which forced him to exit early in Game 3 of the ALCS -- did not outwardly cause him issue. The 25-year-old right-hander is scheduled to start Game 5 on three days' rest this coming Sunday. Yesterday, 8:14 pm
  • Andrew Miller available for 'an inning, max'
    Indians manager Terry Francona said that Andrew Miller could be available for "an inning, max" during Game 2 of the World Series.

    Advice: Miller has been a bullpen warrior this postseason. He took it up to a new level in the Indians' 6-0 win over the Cubs in Game 1, throwing 46 pitches over two shutout frames. That was the most pitches he has thrown since 2011. During the postseason, Miller has tossed more than one inning in every one of his seven appearances. Yesterday, 2:30 pm
  • Rangers right-hander Harrell outrighted
    Rangers sent RHP Lucas Harrell outright to Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Harrell's season came to an abbreviated end due to a right groin strain suffered in mid-August. Prior to being waylaid by injury, the 31-year-old reliever held a 4.21 ERA and 36/25 K/BB ratio in 47 innings between the Braves and Rangers. Yesterday, 2:24 pm
    L, 6-4 vs TB
  • Shawn Tolleson outrighted to Triple-A
    Rangers sent RHP Shawn Tolleson outright to Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: The less said about Tolleson's showing this past season, the better. He pitched to a dreadful 7.68 ERA and 1.73 WHIP over 36 1/3 innings, losing his closer's job in the process and eventually ending the season on the 60-day disabled list due to a back injury. Yesterday, 2:19 pm
    L, 6-4 vs TB
  • Hector Rondon not dealing with health concern
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said that Hector Rondon's struggles this postseason are not due to an injury.

    Advice: Rondon missed about three weeks with a right triceps strain late in the summer, but it appears there is no injury concern here. In his most recent outing, the 28-year-old right-hander came on with two runners aboard and two outs in the seventh inning of Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday. The Cubs trailed 3-0 at the time and desperately needed to hold it right there. That wouldn't happen, as Rondon proceeded to surrender a three-run home run to Roberto Perez, essentially putting any real notion of a comeback to rest. He has surrendered runs in three of his six postseason appearances. Given that there is no injury here, Rondon should be available for the remainder of the World Series, though high-leverage work might not be in the cards in the immediate future. Yesterday, 2:02 pm
  • WS Game 2 is a go in face of oncoming weather
    An MLB spokesman said Game 2 of the World Series is currently expected to be played as scheduled, with first pitch at 7:08 p.m. EST Wednesday, despite inclement weather in the forecast.

    Advice: The hope is that the heavier weather will hold off until after Game 2's completion, but the contest will still take place in a probable intermittent drizzle. A cold drizzle at that. As matters currently stand, the Cubs' Jake Arrieta will take the mound against the Indians' Trevor Bauer, with the Indians looking to jump out to a 2-0 series advantage. Should Game 2 be suspended at some point Wednesday night, it would resume during Thursday's scheduled travel day. Yesterday, 1:45 pm
  • Bauer, Tomlin slated to start on short rest
    Indians manager Terry Francona said that should the World Series extend to six games, Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin will start again on short rest.

    Advice: The Indians plans on trotting Corey Kluber out in both the fourth and -- if need be -- the seventh game of the series. Neither Bauer nor Tomlin will be used to that herculean extent, but Francona plans on using them on short rest for Game 5 (Sunday) and Game 6 (Tuesday), respectively, should those games be necessary. First up, though, Bauer will start Game 2 on Wednesday night, opposed by the Cubs Jake Arrieta. Tomlin will take the ball for Game 3 when the series shifts to Wrigley Field on Friday. Kyle Hendricks will toe the mound for the Cubs in that one. Yesterday, 1:10 pm
  • Corey Kluber to start Game 4 of World Series
    Indians manager Terry Francona told reporters on Wednesday that Corey Kluber will start Game 4 of the World Series against the Cubs.

    Advice: Kluber threw 88 pitches over six-plus scoreless innings in Tuesday's Game 1 victory. The early hook was partially made with Game 4 in mind. Kluber has never made a start on short rest in the regular season, but he's now slated to do it for the second time this postseason. He allowed two runs over five innings on short rest against the Blue Jays in the ALCS. Yesterday, 12:54 pm
  • Andrew Miller says he'll be ready for Game 2
    Andrew Miller said on MLB Network that he expects to be "ready to go" for Game 2 of the World Series against the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Advice: Miller threw 46 pitches over two scoreless innings in Game 1, his most in any outing since 2011. If all goes according to plan for the Indians, they'll have a big enough cushion where Miller won't be needed, but he plans to be ready if the opportunity arises. It's also possibly that Game 2 is postponed due to rain and Miller will get some rest. Yesterday, 12:44 pm
  • Dominguez elects to become free agent
    Jose Dominguez has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Like Jemile Weeks, Dominguez chose free agency over accepting a minor league assignment. The 26-year-old owns a 4.82 ERA over 52 appearances in the majors. Yesterday, 12:27 pm
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    L, 3-2 @Ari
  • A's claim Soto off waivers from Cubs
    Athletics claimed LHP Giovanni Soto off waivers from the Cubs.

    Advice: Soto was designated for assignment by the Cubs over the weekend when Kyle Schwarber was activated from the 60-day disabled list. The 25-year-old posted a 5.14 ERA over 33 relief appearances with the Cubs' Triple-A affiliate this season. He pitched in six games with the Indians in 2015. Yesterday, 12:10 pm
  • Aaron Barrett elects free agency
    Aaron Barrett has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Barrett chose to test the open market rather than accept an outright assignment to Triple-A. The 28-year-old missed the entire 2016 season while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. He was set to be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. Yesterday, 11:20 am
    W, 10-7 vs Mia
  • Padres outright Smith to Triple-A
    Padres sent RHP Jacob Smith outright to Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Smith was claimed off waivers from the Giants back in July. The 26-year-old made his major league debut in September and allowed two runs on five hits and a walk over four innings. Yesterday, 9:58 am
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    L, 3-2 @Ari
  • Padres outright Dominguez to Triple-A
    Padres sent RHP Jose Dominguez outright to Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Dominguez, 26, was added to the 40-man roster back in July and went on to post a 5.05 ERA and 20/17 K/BB ratio over 35 2/3 innings with the big club. The move gives the Padres some extra wiggle room this offseason. Yesterday, 9:54 am
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    L, 3-2 @Ari
  • Zimmer completes throwing program
    Royals prospect right-hander Kyle Zimmer (thoracic outlet syndrome) recently completed a four-week throwing program.

    Advice: Zimmer, the Royals' fifth overall pick from 2012, underwent surgery back in July for thoracic outlet syndrome. The 25-year-old is expected to be ready to go for spring training, but his durability continues to be a big question mark. He has thrown a grand total of 84 innings dating back to 2014. Yesterday, 8:23 am
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    L, 3-2 vs Cle
  • Francona won't comment on Miller for Game 2
    Indians manager Terry Francona would not say whether Andrew Miller is going to be available for Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday.

    Advice: Miller delivered 46 pitches through two shaky but scoreless innings in the Indians' Game 1 victory over the Cubs on Tuesday. "I think when you have a lead, you try to win," said Francona. "We won tonight." The last reliever to throw 46-plus pitches in a World Series game and then make an appearance the next day was Keith Foulke in 2004 with the Red Sox. Foulke's manager that year? Terry Francona. Tuesday, 9:50 pm
  • Cody Allen works scoreless ninth in Game 1
    Cody Allen worked a scoreless ninth inning in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Allen probably wasn't needed with Cleveland leading 6-0 at home, but manager Terry Francona decided to trot him out there anyway and the right-hander struck out the side to work around a Willson Contreras double. Andrew Miller threw a total of 46 pitches between the seventh and eighth on Tuesday, so Allen may have to carry a heavier load in Game 2. Allen finished his Game 1 appearance at 17 pitches -- 11 for strikes. Tuesday, 9:01 pm
  • Lester allows three runs in WS Game 1 loss
    Jon Lester allowed three earned runs over 5 2/3 innings as the Cubs dropped Game 1 of the World Series to the Indians on Tuesday.

    Advice: Lester recorded the first two outs in the bottom of the first inning with relative ease, but Francisco Lindor singled up the middle, Mike Napoli and Carlos Santana drew back-to-back walks, and then Jose Ramirez put a slow-roller down the first base line that plated Lindor for the game's first run and kept the bases juiced. Hit-by-pitch specialist Brandon Guyer promptly did his thing, taking an inside pitch off the leg to make it 2-0. Indians catcher Roberto Perez added to the lead with a solo shot against Lester in the bottom of the fourth -- the first of two World Series Game 1 homers for the defensive-minded catcher. Lester is lined up to pitch next in Game 5. Tuesday, 8:50 pm
  • Kluber dominant over six, Indians take Game 1
    Corey Kluber delivered six-plus shutout innings Tuesday as the Indians defeated the Cubs 6-0 in Game 1 of the World Series.

    Advice: Kluber struck out eight batters over the first three innings, becoming the first pitcher in MLB history to open a World Series game in such dominant fashion, and ultimately limited the dangerous Cubs offense to four hits. He was lifted at 97 pitches in the top of the seventh inning after serving up a leadoff single to Ben Zobrist. Andrew Miller came on and continued the shutout through the eighth, despite some shakier-than-usual moments. Cody Allen finished off that shutout with a scoreless ninth. There is talk of Kluber starting again in Game 4 at Wrigley Field and then possibly in Game 7 back in Cleveland. Most of his 97 pitches were stress-free in Tuesday's decisive Game 1 victory. Tuesday, 8:49 pm
  • World Series Game 2 moved to 7:08 p.m. ET
    Game 2 of the World Series will start at 7:08 p.m. ET instead of 8:08 p.m. ET due to rain in the forecast in Cleveland on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Major League Baseball made the announcement in the sixth inning of Game 1. The rain could still cause an issue for Game 2, with some projections showing a storm beginning to move through the area around Progressive Field by the early evening. Trevor Bauer is supposed to pitch for the host Indians, with Jake Arrieta on tap for the visiting Cubs. Thursday is scheduled as a travel day before the Fall Classic shifts to Wrigley Field for Game 3 on Friday. Tuesday, 7:26 pm
  • Pomeranz won't need surgery on left forearm
    Drew Pomeranz does not need surgery on his left forearm.

    Advice: Pomeranz began experiencing discomfort in his forearm near the end of the 2016 regular season and was moved into a bullpen role for the playoffs, but doctors found nothing overly concerning in a recent exam. He threw 170 2/3 innings this year in the majors -- almost double his previous career-high -- finishing with a cool 3.32 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 9.8 K/9. The 27-year-old southpaw should have a spot in Boston's rotation to open the 2017 season. Tuesday, 2:26 pm
    L, 2-1 vs Tor
  • Trevor Bauer (finger) on schedule for Game 2
    Indians manager Terry Francona said Trevor Bauer (finger) is on schedule to start Game 2 of the World Series against the Cubs on Wednesday night in Cleveland.

    Advice: Bauer threw to hitters in a 20-pitch side session Monday at Progressive Field without his right pinkie opening up. He was forced from Game 3 of the ALCS last Monday in Toronto after just two-thirds of an inning when a deep laceration on that pinkie began bleeding and wouldn't stop. Bauer suffered the cut around 10 days ago while cleaning his remote control drone. He should be a go for Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday, but it's certainly a lingering concern. Tuesday, 2:13 pm
  • Indians officially add Salazar to WS roster
    The Indians have officially named Danny Salazar to their roster for the World Series.

    Advice: He'll take Cody Anderson's place on the roster. Salazar hasn't pitched since September 9 due to a strained right flexor muscle, but he made it through a three-inning simulated game on Sunday with no issues. His role for the series is uncertain at the moment, but he's an option to potentially start Game 4. The Indians could also go with Ryan Merritt or Corey Kluber on short rest. Tuesday, 7:11 am
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Corey Kluber could start Games 1, 4 and 7
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that an idea "under strong consideration" by the Indians is to start Corey Kluber in Games 1, 4 and 7 of the World Series.

    Advice: He would only be guaranteed the first two starts, of course, depending on how the series lasts. Manager Terry Francona surely isn't going to commit to anything at this point, but trying to squeeze three starts out of easily their best (healthy) starter might be worth a shot. The Indians currently have Kluber listed for Game 1, Trevor Bauer for Game 2 and Josh Tomlin for Game 3. Danny Salazar is a possibility for Game 4, although Tito hasn't committed to using him as a starter. Monday, 4:36 pm
  • Bauer (finger) throwing to hitters Monday
    Indians manager Terry Francona said that Trevor Bauer (finger) will face "a couple hitters" during batting practice Monday.

    Advice: Bauer lasted just two-thirds of an inning during his ALCS Game 3 start before he had to be removed when the stitches in his right pinky busted. He's been given additional suture work and the hope is that he'll be ready to go for Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday. The Indians could push him back to Game 3 on Friday if they decide he needs more time and give Josh Tomlin the ball in Game 2. Monday, 2:52 pm
  • Cody Anderson not on Indians' WS roster
    Cody Anderson is not on the Indians' World Series roster.

    Advice: Danny Salazar has taken his spot on the roster. Assuming Salazar is used for a start, Ryan Merritt will presumably slide into Anderson's long relief role. Monday, 2:38 pm
  • Kershaw not expected to need back surgery
    Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Monday that the club is "not anticipating" Clayton Kershaw needing any kind of back surgery this offseason.

    Advice: Kershaw missed a big chunk of the season with a back issue, but he looked strong after returning down the stretch and came out of his final NLCS outing no worse for the wear. It's always possible that it's something that could crop up again, but at this point it doesn't appear to be anything to worry about heading into the winter. Monday, 2:29 pm
  • Danny Salazar (forearm) will be on WS roster
    Danny Salazar (forearm) has been told by Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway that he will be part of the World Series roster.

    Advice: Callaway said that Salazar is ready to throw 65-70 pitches in a game. Manager Terry Francona wouldn't commit to how he'd use the right-hander, but he should get a start against the Cubs. Salazar hasn't pitched in a game since early September due to a strained right flexor muscle, but he's made it through a few simulated games with no issues. It seems likely that he'll get the ball in Game 4, following Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin. Ryan Merritt has also been told he's on the roster, but he's presumably now slated for long relief. Monday, 1:37 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Lamb has back surgery, will start 2017 on DL
    John Lamb will begin next season on the disabled list after undergoing surgery to repair a lumbar disc herniation.

    Advice: It will be the second straight season where Lamb has gotten a late start while rehabbing from back surgery. That's in addition to the left-hander seeing this past season end prematurely due to a flexor mass strain. Lamb also posted a 6.43 ERA across 14 starts for the Reds in 2016, so it's been a rough stretch for him. Monday, 1:33 pm
    L, 7-4 vs ChC
  • Jake Arrieta to start Game 2 at Cleveland
    Jake Arrieta will start Game 2 of the World Series in Cleveland on Wednesday.

    Advice: Jon Lester will open the series for the Cubs in Game 1 on Tuesday. Arrieta allowed four earned runs over five innings in the Cubs' NLCS Game 3 loss to the Dodgers and the Cubs also lost his one start in the NLDS at San Francisco, though the right-hander did pitch pretty well in that one. Kyle Hendricks and John Lackey will follow Lester and Arrieta in Games 3 and 4 at Wrigley. Monday, 12:55 pm
  • Jays likely to exercise option on Grilli
    Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins said the team is planning to exercise Jason Grilli's $3 million option for 2017.

    Advice: Grilli finished strong with Toronto in 2016, posting a 3.64 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 58/19 K/BB ratio over his final 42 regular-season innings before delivering 3 2/3 scoreless frames in the playoffs. The veteran right-hander will turn 40 years old in November. Monday, 12:08 pm
  • Lester announced as Cubs' WS Gm. 1 starter
    Jon Lester has been announced as the Cubs' starter for Game 1 of the World Series.

    Advice: An easy enough decision for manager Joe Maddon. Lester has registered a dominant 0.86 ERA in 21 innings (three starts) this postseason and earned co-MVP honors in the NLCS. The veteran left-hander will face off against Indians ace Corey Kluber in Game 1 on Tuesday night at Cleveland's Progressive Field. Monday, 11:46 am
  • Scott Diamond elects free agency
    Scott Diamond has elected free agency.

    Advice: Diamond spent the large majority of the 2016 season with the Blue Jays' Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo, where he posted a 4.50 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 100/32 K/BB ratio across 166 innings. The left-hander will wind up somewhere new on a minor league deal. Monday, 11:01 am
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    W, 2-1 @Bos
  • Royals, Holland considering reunion?
    Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star suggests there could be interest in a reunion between the Royals and Greg Holland.

    Advice: Holland decided to rehab on his own rather than latch on with a team after undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last September. Now that he's nearing full strength, the 30-year-old right-hander and his agent Scott Boras are beginning to shop around. And a return to Kansas City sounds like a real possibility. Holland was among the most dominant relievers in baseball from 2011-2014, posting a 1.86 ERA with 358 strikeouts in 256 1/3 innings while picking up 113 saves. Monday, 7:00 am
    L, 3-2 vs Cle
  • Nationals place Barrett on outright waivers
    According to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post, the Nationals placed Aaron Barrett on outright waivers.

    Advice: Barrett would have been eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter as a Super Two qualifier and the Nationals didn't feel like giving him a salary bump after he missed the entire 2016 season following Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Barrett fractured that same elbow in July while rehabbing and could miss much of 2017. He had a promising rookie year with Washington in 2014, but it's been a frustrating road since. Monday, 6:41 am
    W, 10-7 vs Mia
  • Corey Kluber to start Game 1 of World Series
    Indians manager Terry Francona officially announced Sunday that Corey Kluber will start Game 1 of the World Series against the Cubs.

    Advice: There's little surprise here, as the star right-hander is the ace of the Tribe's staff and the Indians have had the luxury of several days off to arrange their rotation as they see fit. Trevor Bauer is tentatively scheduled to pitch in Game 2 (provided his injured finger obliges), with Josh Tomlin taking the ball in Game 3. Sunday, 3:33 pm
  • Salazar to throw three-inning simulated game
    Danny Salazar (forearm) is scheduled to throw a three-inning simulated game on Sunday.

    Advice: If Salazar responds well to the outing, it could earn him a spot on the World Series roster and a potential start in Game 4 against the Cubs. Salazar has been sidelined since early September due to a strained right flexor muscle. Sunday, 3:26 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Indians could move Trevor Bauer to Game 3
    Indians manager Terry Francona said Sunday that the team doctor's will continue to monitor Trevor Bauer's finger and could push the right-hander back to Game 3 of the World Series if he isn't ready for Game 2.

    Advice: In that instance, he would be flipped with Josh Tomlin, who is scheduled to work in Game 3. Bauer has been given additional sutures to secure his lacerated pinky finger in an effort to prevent it from bleeding. He lasted just 2/3 of an inning in his last start due to the ailment. Sunday, 3:19 pm
  • Clayton Kershaw falls apart in Game 6 loss
    Clayton Kershaw scattered seven hits and five runs (four earned) over five lackluster innings Saturday in the Dodgers' loss to the Cubs in Game 6 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Someday there will be a plaque in Cooperstown with Kershaw’s name on it. But Saturday night at Wrigley Field, he just didn’t have it. The Cubs began the game with back-to-back hits off Kershaw and never really let up. Kershaw yielded home runs to Willson Contreras and Anthony Rizzo before getting the hook. He wasn’t fooling anyone with his slider and he couldn’t throw his curve ball for strikes. Kershaw looked gassed on Saturday and for good reason. He gave the Dodgers everything he had this postseason, logging 24 1/3 innings after missing most of the second half with a back injury. Kershaw is now 4-7 with a 4.39 ERA over 17 career postseason appearances. Saturday, 7:56 pm
  • Giovanni Soto designated for assignment
    Cubs designated LHP Giovanni Soto for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a roster spot for Kyle Schwarber, who has moved his rehab to the Arizona Fall League in hopes of returning for the World Series (if the Cubs make it). Soto spent all of 2016 at the Triple-A level, compiling a disappointing 5.14 ERA over 33 outings for Iowa. The 25-year-old made six relief appearances for Cleveland in 2015. Saturday, 2:55 pm
  • Trevor Bauer (finger) gets additional suture
    Trevor Bauer will be given additional suture work on his lacerated right pinky in hopes of preventing it from bleeding.

    Advice: Bauer lasted just two-thirds of an inning in his NLCS Game 3 start after the cut on his finger opened up. He's confident that he'll be able to make a start during the World Series, but then again he also expressed confidence going into his NLCS start. It remains a cloudy situation for now, but more information on his status should be available over the weekend. Friday, 12:09 pm
  • Salazar (forearm) not ruled out for WS start
    Indians manager Terry Francona on Friday didn't rule out the possibility of Danny Salazar (forearm) making a start during the World Series.

    Advice: Salazar threw a two-inning simulated game Sunday and will throw another sim game this weekend that could last up to three innings. He hasn't pitched in a game in six weeks due to a strained right flexor musculature and would obviously be quite restricted from a pitch count perspective if he made a start in the World Series. However, given the number of injuries the Indians have dealt with in their rotation, getting Salazar back even in a limited capacity could be a boost. Friday, 11:41 am
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Chapman gives up two runs in ninth
    Aroldis Chapman gave up two runs in the ninth inning in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Thursday.

    Advice: The Cubs had a six-run lead going into the bottom of the ninth, so they didn't really need to use him, but he hadn't pitched since Game 2 on Sunday, so Joe Maddon apparently wanted to get him some work. Chapman gave up two hits and a walk before finally snuffing out the last-gasp rally from the Dodgers. He threw 19 pitches and his availability shouldn't be an issue as the series moves to Chicago this weekend. Thursday, 9:59 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. Thursday, 9:27 pm
  • 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. Thursday, 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." Thursday, 8:33 am
  • 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. Thursday, 5:12 am
  • Indians' Andrew Miller named MVP of ALCS
    Andrew Miller was named the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series.

    Advice: This was just the fifth time in League Championship Series history that a reliever was named MVP. Miller earned the honor via an absolutely dominant showing across five games. The 31-year-old southpaw pitched to a 14/0 K/BB ratio over 7 2/3 ALCS innings, allowing just three hits and no runs in that space. Suffice it to say, it looks like that midseason trade with the Yankees panned out well for the newly minted American League pennant-winners. Wednesday, 4:12 pm
  • Miller shines as Indians move to World Series
    Andrew Miller was phenomenal in Wednesday's 3-0 pennant-clinching win over the Blue Jays in Game 5 of the ALCS, firing 2 2/3 innings of scoreless ball.

    Advice: As has been the case all postseason, Miller was otherworldly on Wednesday. He surrendered just one hit over 2 2/3 innings, finishing off his outing having thrown just 21 pitches (16 for strikes). In his 7 2/3 frames of work during the ALCS, the ace reliever allowed three hits while striking out 14 batters. He did not walk a batter in the series, nor did he allow a run. Wednesday, 3:53 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Chapman, Jansen could set reliever record
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, "insiders are convinced" that at least Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen will break the reliever contract record this winter.

    Advice: Jonathan Papelbon set the record when he signed a four-year, $50 million deal with the Phillies back in November of 2011. This postseason has shined a light on the value of having an impact reliever late in games, so Chapman and Jansen are set up well for free agency. Heyman opines that even Mark Melancon could land a deal north of the $50 million mark. It's worth noting that neither Chapman nor Melancon can receive a qualifying offer since they were traded during the season. That will only increase their appeal in the market. Heyman lists the Dodgers, Cubs, Giants, Nationals, and Yankees among the clubs who could pay big for a reliever this winter. Tuesday, 12:36 pm
  • 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
  • Andrew Miller closes out victory for Indians
    Andrew Miller recorded the final four outs -- three via strikeout -- in Monday's ALCS Game 3 win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Miller came on with two outs in the eighth inning and struck out Russell Martin. After Dioner Navarro managed a bloop single to lead off the ninth, Miller then whiffed Kevin Pillar and Melvin Upton before getting Darwin Barney to ground out to end it. Between the regular and postseason, Miller now has an absurd 143/11 K/BB ratio over 83 1/3 innings. In a game where Trevor Bauer exited after just two-thirds of an inning with a bloody finger, the Indians used six relievers en route to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the ALCS. It's the first time in postseason history that a team won a game without having any pitcher go at least two innings. Corey Kluber will take the ball on Tuesday versus Aaron Sanchez as Cleveland tries to punch their ticket to the World Series. Monday, 9:06 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
  • 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
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  • 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
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