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  • 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
  • Jorge Soler stays hot as Cubs out-slug Cards
    Jorge Soler belted a two-run homer and reached base in all four plate appearances in Monday's NLDS Game 3 victory over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Soler drew a walk in each of his first two plate appearances, singled and scored in the third and then extended the Cubs' lead with a longball in the sixth. After not starting the Wild Card Game or Game 1 of the NLDS, Soler has now reached base in all nine of his plate appearances in the series and has gone deep twice. The Cubs smashed six home runs in the game. Yesterday, 7:07 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
  • Jays crank 3 HRs, push series back to Toronto
    Kevin Pillar went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Monday's win over the Rangers.

    Advice: The Blue Jays jumped on Derek Holland early, as Josh Donaldson, Chris Colabello and Pillar went deep off of him in the first two innings. Pillar also added RBI singles in the third and seventh frames. In all, Toronto tallied 12 hits and eight runs on the day, with seven of the hits going for extra bases. They have forced the series back to Toronto for a fifth and deciding game. Yesterday, 5:00 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
  • Lagares gets start in CF in Game 3 of NLDS
    Juan Lagares is starting in center field and batting eighth in Game 3 of the NLDS Monday versus the Dodgers.

    Advice: Michael Conforto and Michael Cuddyer are both on the bench. The full starting lineup for the Mets, who are tied 1-1 in their feisty best-of-five with the Dodgers: Curtis Granderson RF, David Wright 3B, Daniel Murphy 2B, Yoenis Cespedes LF, Lucas Duda 1B, Travis d'Arnaud C, Wilmer Flores SS, Juan Lagares CF, Matt Harvey SP. Los Angeles is throwing left-hander Brett Anderson. Yesterday, 12:11 pm
  • Ryan Braun undergoes surgery for ailing back
    Ryan Braun underwent surgery on his back this week.

    Advice: The procedure was called a success. Braun is expected to be cleared for normal workouts in a month, so he should be 100 percent when spring training rolls around in 2016. The 31-year-old outfielder hit .285/.356/.498 with 25 homers, 84 RBI and 24 stolen bases in 140 games this season for Milwaukee. Yesterday, 12:06 pm
  • Pham starts in CF for Cards in NLDS Game 3
    Tommy Pham is starting in center field in Game 3 of the NLDS Monday evening at Wrigley Field.

    Advice: Randal Grichuk is on the bench in a matchup against 2015 National League Cy Young Award candidate Jake Arrieta. The full lineup for St. Louis: Matt Carpenter 3B, Stephen Piscotty 1B, Matt Holliday LF, Jason Heyward RF, Jhonny Peralta SS, Tommy Pham CF, Yadier Molina C, Kolten Wong 2B, Michael Wacha SP. Yesterday, 11:01 am
  • Schwarber starting in LF for Cubs in Game 3
    Kyle Schwarber is starting in left field and batting sixth in Game 3 of the NLDS Monday versus the Cardinals.

    Advice: Schwarber did not start in Game 2 against Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia, but he's back in there with St. Louis turning to right-hander Michael Wacha in Game 3. The full starting lineup for the Cubs, who will try to take a 2-1 series lead at home: Dexter Fowler CF, Jorge Soler RF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Starlin Castro 2B, Kyle Schwarber LF, Addison Russell SS, Miguel Montero C, Jake Arrieta SP. Yesterday, 10:08 am
  • Chris Colabello starting at 1B in ALDS Gm. 4
    Chris Colabello is starting at first base for the Blue Jays in Game 4 of the ALDS on Monday.

    Advice: Justin Smoak will be on the bench with the Rangers throwing left-hander Derek Holland. The full lineup for the Jays, who need to win to force a Game 5 back in Toronto: Ben Revere LF, Josh Donaldson 3B, Jose Bautista RF, Edwin Encarnación DH, Chris Colabello 1B, Troy Tulowitzki SS, Russell Martin C, Kevin Pillar CF, Ryan Goins 2B. R.A. Dickey will be on the mound in Arlington, Texas for his first career postseason start. Yesterday, 9:24 am
  • Carlos Gomez in Astros' lineup for Game 4
    Carlos Gomez (intercostal) is in the Astros' lineup for Game 4 of the ALDS Monday versus the Royals.

    Advice: Gomez made it through Games 2 and 3 without issue and even drove in a run in Sunday's win. He'll start in center field and bat sixth against Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura. The full Game 4 lineup for Houston: Jose Altuve 2B, George Springer RF, Carlos Correa SS, Colby Rasmus LF, Evan Gattis DH, Carlos Gomez CF, Luis Valbuena 3B, Chris Carter 1B, Jason Castro C. Lance McCullers is on the bump. Yesterday, 8:21 am
  • Josh Hamilton logs two hits in Game 3 loss
    Josh Hamilton went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles as the Rangers dropped Game 3 of the ALDS to the Blue Jays at home on Sunday evening.

    Advice: As a team, the Rangers were only able to muster five hits against Marco Estrada and a host of relievers, with Hamilton the only member of the team to reach base safely more than once. They'll try again to finish the Jays off and advance to the ALCS on Monday. Sunday, 8:20 pm
  • Martin doesn't report to Instructional League
    Leonys Martin, apparently pouting over his exclusion from the Rangers' postseason roster, did not report to the Instructional League in Arizona as he had been told.

    Advice: The Rangers sent several players there to continue playing and remain fresh in the event that they were needed at some point during the playoffs due to injury. The outfielder has had a tumultuous season and may now be at risk of being non-tendered this winter. Sunday, 8:08 pm
  • Carter goes 3-for-3, homers in Game 3 victory
    Chris Carter had a monster day at the plate in the Astros victory over the Royals in Game 3 of the ALDS on Sunday, going 3-for-3 with a solo home run.

    Advice: Carter's blast, a no-doubter to left field off Danny Duffy in the seventh inning, increasing the Astros' advantage to 4-1. He also singled and doubled in the ballgame, scoring a pair of runs. It marked the first time this season that Carter has recorded three hits in a game. He's now hitting a robust .455/.571/.818 in 14 plate appearances this postseason. Sunday, 4:35 pm
  • Alex Gordon clubs solo homer in loss Sunday
    Alex Gordon clubbed a solo home run as the Royals dropped Game 3 of the ALDS to the Astros on Sunday in Houston.

    Advice: Gordon's blast came off Astros closer Luke Gregerson in the ninth inning, pulling the Royals to within two at 4-2, but that would be as close as they would get. He finished the afternoon 1-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts and also recorded an outfield assist. Sunday, 4:33 pm
  • Lorenzo Cain's home run not enough for Royals
    Lorenzo Cain blasted a go-ahead home run off Dallas Keuchel in the fourth inning on Sunday, but it wasn't enough to lead the Royals to victory over the Astros in Game 3 of the ALDS.

    Advice: Cain's solo shot gave the Royals an early 1-0 lead, but wouldn't be nearly enough against Keuchel and company. Cain finished the afternoon 1-for-4 plus a walk, striking out as the tying run to end the ballgame. Sunday, 4:33 pm
  • Michael Conforto homers in first postseason at-bat
    Michael Conforto pounded his first career postseason home run Saturday in the Mets’ loss to the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLDS.

    Advice: It happened in his first playoff at-bat. Conforto’s homer off Zack Greinke left his bat at a whopping 118 mph. The solo jack traveled just 359 feet but it was good enough to give the Mets a 2-0 advantage in the second inning. Conforto finished the night 1-for-3. Conforto has been sitting against lefties and will probably take a seat for Game 3 with Brett Anderson throwing for the Dodgers. Saturday, 9:57 pm
  • Randal Grichuk records first postseason homer
    Randal Grichuk launched a solo homer in his only at-bat in Saturday’s loss to the Cubs in Game 2 of the NLDS.

    Advice: He was pinch-hitting for reliever Carlos Villanueva. The 444-foot missile to left field ended Kyle Hendricks’ night after only 4 2/3 innings. Grichuk earned the start in right field for Friday’s opener but Stephen Piscotty subbed for him in Game 2. He’s 1-for-3 in his career against Game 3 starter Jake Arrieta. Saturday, 5:51 pm
  • Conforto in for Cuddyer in Game 2
    Michael Cuddyer is not in the Mets' starting lineup for Game 2 of the NLDS against the Dodgers on Saturday.

    Advice: Cuddyer struggled mightily in left field during Game 1, though rookie Michael Conforto was always expected to start Game 2 against the right-hander Zack Greinke. There's a good chance we'll see Cuddyer enter the game as a pinch-hitter. The veteran went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Game 1. Saturday, 1:14 pm
  • Chris Coghlan not in Cubs lineup on Saturday
    Chris Coghlan is not in the Cubs starting lineup for Game 2 of the NLDS against the Cardinals on Saturday.

    Advice: Coghlan drew a start in the first game, but manager Joe Maddon has opted to use Austin Jackson in left field against left-hander Jaime Garcia. Saturday, 9:56 am
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