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  • Blanco's leadoff homer not enough for Giants
    Gregor Blanco hit a leadoff home run in Wednesday's Game 2 of the World Series, but it wasn't enough to get the Giants a win.

    Advice: Blanco turned around a Yordano Ventura 98 mph fastball on the eighth pitch of the at-bat, sending it over the right field wall to give the Giants the early lead. To say it was unexpected is an understatement, as Blanco has just 15 homers in 1,948 regular season at-bats in his career. He finished 1-for-3 with a walk, and the Giants head back home tied 1-1 in the series. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:44 pm
  • Indians expected to exercise option on Aviles
    The Indians are expected to exercise their 2015 option on Mike Aviles.

    Advice: Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said a few weeks ago that he was undecided on Aviles and his $3.5 million option, but Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the team is leaning toward bringing him back. Aviles hit just .247/.273/.343 last season but appeared at six different positions and offers a veteran presence. The Indians don't officially have to make a decision on the 33-year-old until three days after the end of the World Series. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:05 pm
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    Mike Avilés Cle - 2B,3B,SS,OF
  • No changes to Giants' lineup for WS Game 2
    Michael Morse will serve as the designated hitter again in Game 2 of the World Series against the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Giants manager Bruce Bochy is sticking with the same lineup which led to victory in Game 1: Gregor Blanco CF, Joe Panik 2B, Buster Posey C, Pablo Sandoval 3B, Hunter Pence RF, Brandon Belt 1B, Morse DH, Travis Ishikawa LF, Brandon Crawford SS. Jake Peavy will make the start against Yordano Ventura. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:26 pm
  • Hunter leaning toward returning in 2015
    Torii Hunter indicated Wednesday that he's leaning toward continuing his playing career in 2015.

    Advice: Hunter hinted at retirement after the Tigers were bounced from the ALDS, but he has softened his stance since. While the 39-year-old hasn't made a final decision yet, he's clearly leaning in the direction of playing at least one more season. "I haven't even thought about it," said Hunter. "I'm traveling as we speak to watch my three boys play college football. There's definitely a good chance I will play again though." An impending free agent, Hunter would like to stay with the Tigers, but it's unclear whether the interest is mutual. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:22 am
  • Bautista: Jays have 50-50 shot at Cabrera
    Jose Bautista said on Sportsnet 590 The FAN on Tuesday that he believes the Blue Jays have a "50-50" chance of re-signing Melky Cabrera.

    Advice: The Blue Jays are expected to make a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer to Cabrera, but they'll have to compete with the open market in order to keep him. "I think he’s going to allow the team a chance to come and match any offer that he might get out on the free agent market," said Bautista. "I think the Blue Jays are going to have a shot at bringing him back, so hopefully for our fan base and for my sake – making my job easier and having him on base a lot, because he does get on base a lot with his bat – hopefully the team does take that chance and re-sign him somehow." Cabrera batted .301/.351/.458 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI over 139 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:19 am
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  • Pence belts two-run shot in win over Royals
    Hunter Pence launched a two-run homer and reached base four times in Tuesday's World Series Game 1 win over the Royals.

    Advice: The Giants first dented the scoreboard on Pablo Sandoval's first-inning double, but Pence provided the big blow with a laser to center field that cleared the wall for a two-run shot. He later added a double and also drew a pair of walks. Every player in the Giants' lineup had a hit save for Travis Ishikawa, who was lifted after just one at-bat. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:54 pm
  • Rusney Castillo injures hand in AFL
    Rusney Castillo suffered a minor hand injury Monday in the Arizona Fall League.

    Advice: Castillo will likely sit out much of this week as a precautionary measure, but he should ultimately be fine. The 27-year-old center fielder is batting .278/.333/.361 with three doubles, three walks, and six strikeouts in 39 plate appearances for the Surprise Saguaros. With good power and speed, he has the potential to carry significant fantasy value in 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:47 pm
  • Yost sticks with normal lineup for WS Game 1
    Lorenzo Cain will bat third in Game 1 of the World Series against the Giants on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Royals manager Ned Yost is sticking with what got him here. The full lineup: Alcides Escobar SS, Nori Aoki RF, Cain CF, Eric Hosmer 1B, Butler DH, Alex Gordon LF, Salvador Perez C, Omar Infante 2B, Mike Moustakas 3B. James Shields will oppose Madison Bumgarner. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:48 am
  • Yoenis Cespedes signs on with Roc Nation
    Yoenis Cespedes is now represented by Roc Nation Sports.

    Advice: Cespedes was previously represented by Adam Katz of Wasserman Media Group, who negotiated his four-year, $36 million deal with the Athletics. The Cuban slugger is just the latest high-profile baseball name to align with Roc Nation, joining Robinson Cano, CC Sabathia, and Rusney Castillo. Cespedes is due to become a free agent after the 2015 and is clearly preparing for a big payday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:11 pm
  • Taveras, Grichuk to compete for RF duties
    Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said Monday that Oscar Taveras and Randal Grichuk should be ready to compete for the starting right field job next spring.

    Advice: Grichuk served as the Cards' primary right fielder down the stretch in 2014 and then into the playoffs while questions emerged about Taveras' work ethic and physical conditioning. Taveras is the better prospect by far and will presumably arrive in Jupiter, Florida next February in tip-top shape. He'll have big time fantasy upside if he wins the competition. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:10 am
  • Jon Jay to have scope on his left wrist
    Jon Jay will have a scope on his left wrist this week.

    Advice: The rehab for such a procedure takes 6-8 weeks, so Jay should be 100 percent healthy for the start of spring training next February. The 29-year-old batted .303 with a .372 on-base percentage in 140 games this season for St. Louis and should open 2015 as the Cardinals' primary center fielder. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:18 am
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    Jon Jay StL - OF
  • Moya homers, scores three times in AFL win
    Tigers prospect Steven Moya went 2-for-4 with a homer and three runs scored as Glendale topped Surprise 9-4 in Arizona Fall League action on Saturday.

    Advice: The regular season MVP of the Eastern League, Moya has continued to impress in the Fall season, slashing .303/.515/.876 with a homer and eight RBI in eight games. Should the Tigers opt against bringing back Torii Hunter, Moya could be a candidate to open the season as the starting right fielder. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:26 pm
  • Giants 'team to watch' with Nick Markakis
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Giants are "one team to watch" with impending free agent Nick Markakis.

    Advice: Cafardo also list the Mets as a possible contender for Markakis' services, though it sounds like he's just speculating on potential landing spots more than anything else. The Orioles will decline their part of Markakis' $17.5 million mutual option for 2015, but the common feeling is that they'll wind up working out a deal to retain the outfielder. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:39 am
  • Holliday notches three hits in loss to Giants
    Matt Holliday went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored in Wednesday's loss to the Giants in Game 4 of the NLCS.

    Advice: With runners on first and second in the first inning Holliday popped out, but he atoned for it with hits in each of his next three at-bats. It was needed, as he had one hit in 13 at-bats in the series coming into the game. Unfortunately for Holliday, he was also a strikeout victim to end the game representing the tying run. The Cardinals now trail 3-1 in the series, so while a comeback isn't likely they'll need Holliday to have more games like Wednesday's if they want to stand a shot. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:16 pm
  • Vogt undergoes successful right foot surgery
    Stephen Vogt underwent successful foot surgery on Tuesday.

    Advice: Vogt had surgery to repair the plantar plates in his right foot, which he tore around midseason. He also had some scar tissue removed during the procedure. He'll need six-to-eight weeks to recover, which gives him plenty of time to be ready to go by spring training. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:39 pm
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    Stephen Vogt Oak - C,1B,OF
  • Cruz says he wants to stay with Orioles
    Nelson Cruz said after Wednesday's elimination from the ALCS that he would like to stay with the Orioles.

    Advice: The Orioles are expected to offer him a $15.3 million qualifying offer after the World Series, but Cruz will certainly aim higher after a season in which he hit 40 homers and had 108 RBI. He'll almost surely get a multi-year offer from a team, so the O's will have to pony up if they want to keep the 34-year-old. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:59 pm
  • Grichuk starting in RF again in NLCS Game 4
    Randal Grichuk is starting in right field for the Cardinals in Game 4 of the NLCS against the Giants.

    Advice: Grichuk will again get the nod over Oscar Taveras. It's the same eight position players that the Cardinals used in Game 3 of this series, with A.J. Pierzynski again filling in for injured catcher Yadier Molina. Here's the full lineup card: Matt Carpenter 3B, Jon Jay CF, Matt Holliday LF, Matt Adams 1B, Jhonny Peralta SS, Kolten Wong 2B, A.J. Pierzynski C, Randal Grichuk RF, Shelby Miller SP. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:30 pm
  • Cruz in LF, Young at DH for ALCS Game 4
    Delmon Young will start at DH in Game 4 of the ALCS against the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Orioles manager Buck Showalter has shaken things up a bit with his team facing elimination. With Young at DH, Nelson Cruz will start in left while Steve Pearce will move up to the second spot in the order. The full lineup: Nick Markakis RF, Pearce 1B, Adam Jones CF, Cruz LF, Young DH, J.J. Hardy SS, Caleb Joseph C, Ryan Flaherty 3B, Jonathan Schoop 2B. Miguel Gonzalez will make the start for Baltimore. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:39 am
  • Rangers to decline Alex Rios' option for 2015
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Rangers have informed Alex Rios that they will decline his $13.5 million option for 2015.

    Advice: An expected move, Rios will receive a $1 million buyout and become a free agent. The 33-year-old outfielder batted .280/.311/.398 with just four homers over 131 games this season before being shut down in September with a thumb injury. However, he should be able to find a starting gig somewhere this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:33 am
  • Bernadina elects to become a free agent
    Roger Bernadina has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Bernadina batted .167/.304/.258 in 80 plate appearances this season between the Reds and Dodgers, and he owns a weak .236/.307/.354 batting line for his career. The 30-year-old outfielder may have to settle for a minor league deal on the open market. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:48 pm
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