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  • Joe Maddon won't rule out Schwarber for field
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon would not rule out the possibility of Kyle Schwarber playing left field as the World Series shifts to Wrigley Field.

    Advice: This isn't Maddon's call, though. Schwarber will receive a medical exam on Thursday to determine whether his surgically-repaired left knee is sound enough for play in the field. Even if he isn't available beyond pinch-hitting duties in Games 3-5 at Wrigley, the slugger has already made his mark on this World Series. In Game 2 on Wednesday, he hit a pair of RBI singles and drew a walk to help the Cubs knot their series with the Indians at 1-1. Maddon relayed that he saw no physical issues with Schwarber during the first two games in Cleveland. Yesterday, 8:40 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
  • 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
  • NYM could offer multiyear deal to Walker
    ESPN's Adam Rubin writes that Mets officials "would entertain a multiyear deal with [Neil] Walker."

    Advice: Per Rubin, the Mets are expected to offer free-agent-to-be Walker a one-year qualifying offer in the ballpark of $17 million. If he declines that, the team is kicking around offering a possible multiyear contract. This past season, the veteran second baseman hit .282/.347/.476 with 23 homers and 55 RBI in 412 at-bats. Those numbers are respectable, but injuries limited Walker to just 113 games played. He underwent season-ending back surgery in early September. Yesterday, 6:15 pm
    60-Day DL
    L, 5-2 @Phi
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Weeks elects to become free agent
    Jemile Weeks has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Weeks chose free agency over an outright assignment to the minors. The 29-year-old missed most of the 2016 season due to a nagging knee injury and will look for a new opportunity elsewhere. Yesterday, 12:12 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
    60-Day DL
    W, 10-7 vs Mia
  • Soler expected to be in lineup for Game 2
    Jorge Soler is expected to be in the starting lineup for Game 2 of the World Series against the Indians on Wednesday.

    Advice: Chris Coghlan got the start over Jason Heyward in Game 1 and went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts. Now Cubs manager Joe Maddon will give Soler a shot. The 24-year-old is hitless in eight at-bats this postseason. Yesterday, 10:40 am
  • 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
  • Padres outright Weeks to Triple-A
    Padres sent INF Jemile Weeks outright to Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: The move clears him from the 40-man roster. Weeks suffered a hamstring injury back in May and wasn't able to make it back to the Padres before the end of the season. The 29-year-old plans to rest and rehab the injury rather than undergo surgery. Yesterday, 9:48 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
    7-Day DL
    L, 3-2 vs Cle
  • Schwarber doubles in first game since April 7
    Kyle Schwarber went 1-for-3 with a double in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.

    Advice: Schwarber looked completely overmatched in his first at-bat, but he drove a Corey Kluber pitch off the right field wall in the top of the fourth and drew an impressive walk against lefty reliever Andrew Miller in the top of the seventh. Schwarber hadn't played in a major league game since tearing both the ACL and LCL in his left knee on April 7. Cubs manager Joe Maddon can feel good about running the big man back out there as his designated hitter in Game 2. Tuesday, 8:56 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
  • 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
  • Heyward out, Coghlan in for Game 1 of WS
    Jason Heyward is out of the Cubs' starting lineup for Game 1 of the World Series against the Indians on Tuesday.

    Advice: Heyward is just 2-for-28 (.071) with eight strikeouts this postseason, so he's being benched in favor of Chris Coghlan against right-hander Corey Kluber. Also of note, Kyle Schwarber is in the starting lineup as expected, batting fifth out of the DH spot. The full lineup for Chicago: Dexter Fowler CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Ben Zobrist LF, Schwarber DH, Javier Baez 2B, Coghlan RF, Addison Russell SS, David Ross C. Jon Lester will start for the Cubs. Tuesday, 12:08 pm
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Kyle Schwarber to serve as DH in Game 1
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said during a radio appearance on Monday that Kyle Schwarber will serve as the designated hitter in Game 1 of the World Series against the Indians on Tuesday.

    Advice: Maddon said he has one other lineup surprise, though he's not ready to officially announce it. Speculation is that Jason Heyward could be benched for Game 1. Schwarber has been out since early April due to a torn ACL and LCL in his left knee, but the Cubs think he has shown enough progress to be thrown into the fire against Corey Kluber in Game 1. It's an amazing story and a big gamble. Tuesday, 10:31 am
  • 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
  • Schwarber officially on World Series roster
    Kyle Schwarber has officially been added to the Cubs' roster for the World Series.

    Advice: Schwarber's brief stint in the Arizona Fall League over the weekend was enough to convince the Cubs that he's ready to return. It's a remarkable recovery for the young slugger, who underwent surgery in April to repair a torn ACL and LCL in his left knee. He's expected to DH in Cleveland, but will be limited to pinch-hitting duties back in Chicago. The Cubs are going with 11 pitchers and 14 position players for the World Series. Schwarber took Rob Zastryzny's spot on the roster. Tuesday, 7:05 am
  • 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
  • 'All signs point' to Schwarber on WS roster
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that "all signs point" to Kyle Schwarber (knee) being a part of the Cubs' World Series roster.

    Advice: The club won't make an official decision until Schwarber meets them in Cleveland on Tuesday, but he appears to have passed all tests in his Arizona Fall League action. Rosenthal does note that one concern would be the Cubs not being able to replace Schwarber on the roster if he aggravates a pre-existing condition. However, they might be willing to risk it in order to get his bat back. Schwarber wouldn't be used in the field but could DH in Cleveland and be a pinch-hitter in Chicago. Monday, 3:34 pm
  • Kyle Schwarber (knee) doubles in AFL game
    Kyle Schwarber (knee) went 1-for-3 with a walk, double and a run scored for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League on Monday.

    Advice: Schwarber slid into second base on his double and appeared to have no issues with his surgically-repaired left knee. He will now fly to Cleveland to join the Cubs and could be a part of their World Series roster when it's announced Tuesday morning. Schwarber would serve as the Cubs' designated hitter for games in Cleveland and be a bat off the bench for games in Chicago. Monday, 3:16 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
  • 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
  • Maddon: No decision on Schwarber (knee) yet
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Monday that the club won't make a decision on whether Kyle Schwarber (knee) will make the World Series roster until he meets the team in Cleveland on Tuesday.

    Advice: Maddon did say that the "reports are good" on Schwarber, who did sliding drills in Arizona on Monday before serving as the designated hitter in an AFL game. Schwarber will then fly to Cleveland and the feeling seems to be that he'll be added to the Cubs' World Series roster as long as he tells the club he feels fine. If that happens, he'll serve as the Cubs' DH for games in Cleveland and as a pinch-hitter for games in Chicago. Monday, 1:21 pm
  • 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
    60-Day DL
    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
  • Kyle Schwarber (knee) 0-for-3 in AFL debut
    Kyle Schwarber (knee) went 0-for-3 with a walk in his first Arizona Fall League game on Saturday.

    Advice: Most importantly, Schwarber said that his surgically-repaired left knee felt fine. "It was overall a really great day for me," Schwarber said. "The first two (at-bats) I chased a little bit. Today was about the at-bats. Running was not a factor." The Cubs aren't ruling out using Schwarber as their designated hitter and pinch-hitter in the World Series, as the 23-year-old has progressed more quickly than expected. Sunday, 6:01 am
  • Kyle Schwarber activated from 60-day DL
    Cubs activated OF Kyle Schwarber from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Giovanni Soto was designated for assignment in the corresponding roster move. Schwarber is scheduled to play in a simulated game on Sunday and is hoping to be ready for the World Series, should the Cubs advance. If Schwarber does return, he would likely serve as the designated hitter when the Cubs are in Cleveland. Saturday, 3:43 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
  • Epstein 'not ruling out' Schwarber's return
    When asked about Kyle Schwarber's availability for the World Series, Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said, "We're not ruling anything in, we're not ruling anything out."

    Advice: Manager Joe Maddon confirmed there's a "chance" Schwarber could DH if the Cubs advance to the World Series. Schwarber resumed batting practice on Monday after being cleared by Dr. Daniel Cooper at his six-month check-up following ACL surgery. He's also slated to begin playing for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League on Saturday. If the Cubs do get past the Dodgers, the DH will be available for Games 1, 3, 6 and 7. Saturday, 2:28 pm
  • Jason Heyward not in Cubs lineup on Saturday
    Jason Heyward is not in the Cubs starting lineup for Game 6 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Saturday.

    Advice: With world-class left-hander Clayton Kershaw on the hill for the Dodgers, Heyward will take a seat on the pine in favor of Albert Almora Jr. Here's the full lineup for the Cubs as they look to defeat Clayton Kershaw and advance to the World Series: Dexter Fowler CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Ben Zobrist LF, Javy Baez 2B, Willson Contreras C, Addison Russell SS, Albert Almora Jr RF, Kyle Hendricks P. Saturday, 12:13 pm
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jason Heyward not in lineup for Game 3
    Jason Heyward is not in the starting lineup for Game 3 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Heyward will take a seat against left-hander Rich Hill. The 27-year-old hit just .207/.300/.286 against southpaws this season. Jorge Soler will make the start in right field while Javier Baez will slide into the No. 5 spot in the order. The full lineup for the Cubs: Dexter Fowler CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Ben Zobrist LF, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Baez 2B, Soler RF, Addison Russell SS, Miguel Montero C, Jake Arrieta SP. Tuesday, 12:57 pm
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • 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
  • 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
    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
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