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  • Matt Harvey only goes five but still wins
    Matt Harvey lasted just five innings Monday but was good enough to pick up the victory in the Mets' 13-7 NLDS Game 3 win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Harvey set the Dodgers down in order in the first inning, but it was a grind for him after that. He gave up four straight singles to start the second to put the Mets in an early 3-0 hole and had to work to strand five runners over the next three frames. He did record seven strikeouts but also allowed seven hits and walked two, needing 97 pitches to complete the five frames. The Mets will attempt to finish off the Dodgers on Tuesday with Steven Matz on the hill. Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Brett Anderson rocked by Mets in Game 3
    Brett Anderson was lit up for six runs over just three innings of work in Monday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Anderson retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the first inning and was then staked to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second. He gave it right up by yielding four runs in the bottom of the second before serving up a two-run shot to Travis d'Arnaud in the third. It was an ugly outing from the left-hander and further enhances the notion that the Dodgers can only really trust two starters. One of those starters, Clayton Kershaw, will get the ball on short rest in Game 4 Tuesday as the Dodgers try to avoid elimination. Yesterday, 9:40 pm
  • Mets blow out Dodgers to take 2-1 NLDS lead
    Yoenis Cespedes went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer in Monday's win over the Dodgers in Game 3 of the NLDS.

    Advice: This one started out in the Dodgers' favor quickly, as they raced to a 3-0 lead after Yasmani Grandal cleared the bases on a two-RBI single plus a throwing error. However, the Mets then scored the next 10 runs as they cruised to a blowout victory. Cespedes' three-run shot in the fourth inning gave the Mets their 10th run and it was a long blast that reached the upper deck at Citi Field. Travis d'Arnaud also homered for the Mets and Curtis Granderson drove in five runs. Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Howie Kendrick goes deep in Dodgers' loss
    Howie Kendrick singled and smacked a three-run homer in Monday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Kendrick's longball was a stats-padder if there ever was one, as he homered in the ninth inning to cut the Mets' lead to 13-7. It's been a nice series so far for the veteran second baseman, as he has picked up five hits over 13 at-bats while driving in four runs. Adrian Gonzalez also homered for the Dodgers in a losing effort. Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • Jake Arrieta not sharp but Cubs still win
    Jake Arrieta wasn't at his best Monday but still picked up a victory, yielding four runs over 5 2/3 frames in an 8-6 win over the Cardinals in Game 3 of the NLDS.

    Advice: Arrieta struck out nine on the day, but his command wasn't what we've become accustomed to during his ridiculous streak. He served up a couple doubles and a home run while walking two and hitting a batter. The Cubs' bullpen picked him up, though, at least until allowing a couple late runs in the ninth. Arrieta is in line to pitch Game 1 of the NLCS should the Cubs finish off the Cards. Yesterday, 7:26 pm
  • Yadier Molina's (thumb) status uncertain
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said after Yadier Molina (thumb) left Monday's Game 3 of the NLDS that he wasn't sure whether the catcher would play in Game 4.

    Advice: Molina has been behind the dish for the first three games of the series, but he appeared to aggravate his left thumb injury on a swing in the fourth inning Monday. Matheny said he would have to check with the team's medical staff before knowing about Yadi's availability Tuesday. We'd count on the catcher attempting to play, but it's obvious that he's well less than 100 percent. Tony Cruz would get the start if Molina is ruled out. Yesterday, 7:12 pm
  • Jason Heyward homers but Cards fall
    Jason Heyward doubled and launched a two-run homer in Monday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Heyward doubled to lead off the second inning and then cut Chicago's lead to one in the sixth with a two-run shot. Surprisingly, offense wasn't in short supply for the Cardinals against Jake Arrieta and the Cubs' bullpen, but they got out-slugged. Stephen Piscotty also went deep for the Redbirds. Yesterday, 7:01 pm
  • Lackey to start NLDS Game 4 on short rest
    John Lackey will start Game 4 of the NLDS for the Cardinals against the Cubs Tuesday on short rest.

    Advice: Manager Mike Matheny ultimately didn't like the chances of his other options (Lance Lynn, Jaime Garcia, Tyler Lyons) sending the series back to St. Louis, so he'll go with the reliable veteran on three days' rest. Lackey has made two postseason starts on short rest in his career, producing a 1.69 ERA. He'll oppose Jason Hammel. Yesterday, 6:51 pm
  • Donovan Solano outrighted to Triple-A
    Marlins sent INF Donovan Solano outright to Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: He's no longer on the 40-man roster. Solano hit just .189/.215/.244 for the Fish this season. Yesterday, 5:16 pm
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  • Dickey solid but only goes 4 2/3 frames
    R.A. Dickey lasted just 4 2/3 innings but allowed only one run in Monday’s 8-4 ALDS Game 4 victory over the Rangers.

    Advice: Dickey gave up five hits, didn’t walk anyone and struck out three on the day. The Rangers dented the scoreboard in the third inning on a wild pitch, but overall they really never got much going against the knuckleballer. However, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons didn’t want to take any chances, lifting Dickey in favor of David Price after the righty let one runner on in the fifth. Dickey should get another start in the ALCS if Toronto advances. Yesterday, 5:06 pm
  • Holland rocked in loss to Blue Jays
    Derek Holland lasted just two-plus innings Monday, getting rocked for six runs in a loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Holland put the Rangers in a 2-0 hole five pitches into the game after a Ben Revere bunt single and Josh Donaldson home run. He served up two more longballs after that, overall yielding five hits and a walk without recording a strikeout. It was a bad matchup for the southpaw from the start, as he really struggled at the end of the regular season and the Blue Jays crush lefties. Whether Holland will get another start in the ALCS should the Rangers make it remains to be seen. Yesterday, 5:03 pm
  • Shin-Soo Choo scores twice in loss
    Shin-Soo Choo went 3-for-4 and scored a couple runs in Monday's loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: The Rangers tallied 11 hits on the day, but 10 of them were singles. The Jays, meanwhile, picked up four doubles and three home runs. Choo had managed just one hits over his first 13 at-bats in the series. Yesterday, 4:39 pm
  • Eric Hosmer drives in three, KC takes Gm. 4
    Eric Hosmer went 2-for-5 with a homer and three RBI in the Royals' ALDS Game 4 win over the Astros.

    Advice: Hosmer was retired in his first three at-bats of the afternoon, but he hit an RBI single and scored the go-ahead run in the Royals' big five-run eighth inning and then the 25-year-old first baseman cranked a two-run shot for insurance in the top of the ninth. It was a remarkable comeback for the visiting Royals. This best-of-five will be decided on Wednesday in Kansas City. Yesterday, 2:19 pm
  • Clayton Kershaw starting Game 4 on short rest
    Clayton Kershaw will start Game 4 of the NLDS versus the Mets on three days' rest.

    Advice: Most figured it would be Kershaw on short rest if the Dodgers lose Game 3, but manager Don Mattingly isn't waiting to see what happens in that contest. It's not a surprise, as the skipper has routinely pitched the three-time Cy Young winner on three days' rest in the postseason. The Dodgers will go to Zack Greinke in Game 5 (if there is one) and Alex Wood will be available out of the bullpen. Yesterday, 2:12 pm
  • Rollins starting over Seager in NLDS Game 3
    Jimmy Rollins is starting at shortstop and batting second for the Dodgers in Game 3 of the NLDS on Monday.

    Advice: Seager picked up just one hit in eight plate appearances in the first two games and that was apparently enough to convince manager Don Mattingly to give Rollins a shot. The Dodgers also have Enrique Hernandez in center field for the second straight game after Joc Pederson started Game 1. Yesterday, 1:19 pm
  • Matheny: Cardinals' starter for Game 4 is TBD
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny reiterated Monday that his NLDS Game 4 starter is to be determined.

    Advice: Lance Lynn is currently penciled in, but the Cardinals could turn to John Lackey on short rest if they are facing elimination on Tuesday in Chicago. They'll try to beat 2015 National League Cy Young Award candidate Jake Arrieta on Monday evening at Wrigley Field and then make the decision. Lynn made an appearance in Game 2 on Saturday, but it lasted just one inning and so it acted much like a typical between-starts throwing session. Yesterday, 12:38 pm
  • Bundy (shoulder) throws another 'pen session
    Dylan Bundy (shoulder) threw another successful bullpen session on Monday.

    Advice: It was a 25-pitch workout and he only threw fastballs, but it represents another step in the right direction for the young starting pitching prospect. He was limited to eight Double-A outings this season due to a calcification in his right shoulder. There's some hope that he could make live appearances toward the end of the Arizona Fall League. Yesterday, 12:20 pm
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  • Utley's suspension appeal won't happen Tues.
    Chase Utley's two-game suspension appeal will not be heard on Tuesday either.

    Advice: Major League Baseball suspended Utley two games on Sunday night for his takeout slide of Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada in NLDS Game 2. But the veteran infielder appealed that punishment and the hearing isn't going to take place within the next two days despite MLB's hope that it would. Utley, his agent, and the players union need more time to prepare, so the 36-year-old backup infielder will be available for both games in New York. The appeal hearing should happen before a potential Game 5 back in Los Angeles. Yesterday, 11:10 am
  • Mets DFA right-hander Tim Stauffer
    Mets designated RHP Tim Stauffer for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a 40-man roster spot for middle infielder Matt Reynolds, who has taken over for Ruben Tejada (leg) with the NLDS heading back to New York City. Stauffer was going to be a free agent this winter anyway. He posted a 6.97 ERA in 20 2/3 innings of relief this season between the Twins and Mets. Yesterday, 10:56 am
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  • Alcides Escobar leading off in ALDS Game 4
    Alcides Escobar will start at shortstop and bat leadoff in Game 4 of the ALDS Monday against the Astros.

    Advice: It's the same lineup the Royals have used this entire series: Alcides Escobar SS, Ben Zobrist 2B, Lorenzo Cain CF, Eric Hosmer 1B, Kendrys Morales DH, Mike Moustakas 3B, Salvador Perez C, Alex Gordon LF, Alex Rios RF. Yordano Ventura will be on the mound with Kansas City down 2-1 in the best-of-five. Lance McCullers is starting for Houston. Yesterday, 7:38 am
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