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  • Springer, Correa lead Astros to victory
    George Springer and Carlos Correa hit three-run homers Thursday to lead the Astros to an 8-3 victory over the Yankees and give Houston a 3-1 series lead in the ALCS.

    Advice: The Astros went 3-for-14 with RISP tonight, but they made those hits count. Springer's homer in the third have the Astros a 3-1 lead and put a dent in Masahiro Tanaka's sterling postseason record. Correa made it 6-1 in the sixth. The Yankees rallied for two runs in the bottom of the inning, but that was as close as they'd get. The miserable game for the Bombers included four errors (two each from D.J. LeMahieu and Gleyber Torres), 13 strikeouts and a CC Sabathia injury. They'll try to stay alive when Justin Verlander and James Paxton face off on Friday. 15 minutes ago
  • Zack Greinke holds Yankees to one run
    Zack Greinke pitched 4 1/3 innings of one-run ball Thursday in his start against the Yankees.

    Advice: This one had disaster written all over it when Greinke couldn't find his fastball location and walked three in the first, the last of those forcing in a run. Fortunately, he found his way out of the jam, and he walked just one more batter afterwards. It still wasn't vintage Greinke, but it was good enough tonight. 21 minutes ago
  • Masahiro Tanaka takes loss to Astros
    Masahiro Tanaka yielded four runs -- three earned -- in five-plus innings Thursday in a loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Tanaka was brilliant in Game 1, but he struggled to miss bats tonight and ended up with just one strikeout. It's the first time in eight career postseason starts that Tanaka has allowed more than two runs. He fell to 5-3 with a 1.76 ERA in October. All of his losses have come to the Astros. 23 minutes ago
  • Edwin Encarnacion goes hitless in loss
    Edwin Encarnacion went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts Thursday, leaving him 1-for-16 in the ALCS.

    Advice: If Giancarlo Stanton's leg feels up to it, the Yankees could have him DH over Encarnacion on Friday. Not only is Encarnacion struggling at the moment, but he's also 5-for-46 lifetime against Justin Verlander. 24 minutes ago
  • Sabathia leaves game with apparent injury
    CC Sabathia left Thursday's game in the eighth inning after apparently aggravating his knee injury.

    Advice: Sabathia threw one warmup pitch in an attempt to continue, but it wasn't happening. There's a good chance the future Hall of Famer walked off the field for the final time tonight. Today, 8:40 pm
    L, 6-1 @Tex
  • Rich Hill hopes to return to Dodgers
    Free-agent-to-be Rich Hill said he intends to keep playing in 2020 and hopes to be back with the Dodgers.

    Advice: Hill and the Dodgers remain a perfect fit, since he's still so good when healthy and the team has the depth to cover his frequent absences. The 39-year-old left-hander had a 2.45 ERA in his 13 starts during the 2019 regular season, striking out 72 batters and walking 18 in 58 2/3 innings. Today, 2:57 pm
    W, 9-0 @SF
  • Yordan Alvarez batting sixth in Gm 4 lineup
    Yordan Alvarez is batting sixth for the Astros in ALCS Game 4 on Thursday versus the Yankees.

    Advice: Alvarez has yet to make a splash so far in this series, but that can change with one swing. It's the same lineup that Houston fielded in Game 3 on Tuesday: George Springer CF, Jose Altuve 2B, Michael Brantley LF, Alex Bregman 3B, Yuli Gurriel 1B, Yordan Alvarez DH, Carlos Correa SS, Robinson Chirinos C, Josh Reddick RF. Zack Greinke will be on the bump, facing off against Masahiro Tanaka. Today, 2:40 pm
  • Stanton (quad) not in NYY lineup for Game 4
    Giancarlo Stanton (quad) is not in the Yankees' starting lineup for Game 4 of the ALCS on Thursday night against the Astros.

    Advice: Stanton tested his injured right quad during pregame warmups and still isn't feeling 100 percent. Yankees manager Aaron Boone expressed optimism that he might be an option at DH in Game 5 on Friday. The full Game 4 lineup for New York versus right-hander Zack Greinke: DJ LeMahieu 1B, Aaron Judge RF, Aaron Hicks CF, Gleyber Torres 2B, Edwin Encarnacion DH, Brett Gardner LF, Gary Sanchez C, Gio Urshela 3B, Didi Gregorius SS. Masahiro Tanaka is on the mound. Today, 2:33 pm
    L, 6-1 @Tex
  • Roberto Perez undergoes surgery on ankle
    Roberto Perez underwent arthroscopic surgery Thursday to remove bone spurs from his right ankle.

    Advice: The procedure was done by Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Perez is expected to be fully recovered by the start of spring training next February and should remain the Indians' primary catcher in 2020. He put up a .774 OPS with 24 home runs and 63 RBI over 119 games this year. Today, 11:03 am
    L, 8-2 @Was
  • Hernan Perez elects to become free agent
    Hernan Perez has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Perez was outrighted off the Brewers' 40-man roster on Wednesday and will head to the open market rather than accepting an assignment to Triple-A San Antonio. The 28-year-old utilityman struggled to a .228/.262/.379 batting line with eight home runs and five stolen bases over 91 games with Milwaukee in 2019, but he should find interest from multiple teams this winter. Yesterday, 2:55 pm
    Player Note
    Hernán Pérez Mil - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    Not Active
    L, 4-3 @Col
  • Marlins outright Hector Noesi to AAA NOLA
    Marlins sent RHP Hector Noesi outright to Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: Noesi posted a wretched 8.46 ERA in 27 2/3 innings (four starts, eight relief appearances) this season with Miami. The 32-year-old is now off the 40-man roster and will be a minor league free agent this winter. Yesterday, 2:26 pm
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    W, 4-3 @Phi
  • Marlins outright C Tyler Heineman to AAA
    Marlins sent C Tyler Heineman outright to Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: Heineman earned a September callup with the Marlins this year after batting .336/.400/.590 with 13 home runs in 73 games at Triple-A. But the 28-year-old catcher is now off Miami's 40-man roster and probably won't be in contention for an Opening Day job at the MLB level leading into the 2020 campaign. Yesterday, 2:22 pm
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    W, 4-3 @Phi
  • Juan Graterol designated for assignment
    Reds designated C Juan Graterol for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for reliever Josh Smith, whom the Reds claimed off waivers from the Marlins. Graterol is a career .218/.227/.266 hitter over parts of four major league seasons. Yesterday, 12:43 pm
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    W, 3-1 @Pit
  • Reds claim Josh Smith off waivers
    Reds claimed LHP Josh Smith off waivers from the Marlins.

    Advice: Smith went from the Indians to the Marlins in September via the waiver process and now he's on the move again. The left-hander registered a 6.39 ERA over 14 appearances in the majors this season. Yesterday, 12:40 pm
    W, 3-1 @Pit
  • Giancarlo Stanton (quad) TBD for Game 4
    Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Wednesday that he's "not sure" whether Giancarlo Stanton (quad) will be ready to start Game 4 on Thursday.

    Advice: "I’m not really close to making that decision yet," Boone added. Boone did say that, at the very least, Stanton will remain available off the bench. Stanton has not yet played since straining his right quad in Game 1 last Saturday. Yesterday, 11:16 am
    L, 6-1 @Tex
  • Boone confirms Tanaka for Game 4
    Yankees manager Aaron Boone confirmed Wednesday that Masahiro Tanaka will start ALCS Game 4 on Thursday against the Astros.

    Advice: That was the assumption after the game was postponed, allowing Tanaka to start Thursday on normal rest. James Paxton is expected to take the ball in Game 5 on Friday and the Yanks will play the rest of the series by ear. Tanaka tossed six shutout innings in Game 1 versus Houston. Yesterday, 11:09 am
  • Greinke to start Game 4 of ALCS on Thurs.
    Astros manager A.J. Hinch confirmed that Zack Greinke will start ALCS Game 4 on Thursday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Hinch also announced that Justin Verlander will start Game 5 on Friday. With Wednesday's game being wiped out due to the storms that are expected to hit New York, the Astros will be able to turn to Greinke on normal rest, rather than go with a bullpen game that likely would have been started by Jose Urquidy. Greinke hasn't been at his best so far in the postseason, but there's no denying he's an upgrade over what they would have gotten from Urquidy and the bullpen -- on paper, anyway. Masahiro Tanaka will be on the bump for the host Yankees. Yesterday, 9:39 am
  • Game 4 of ALCS postponed until Thursday
    Game 4 of the ALCS between the Yankees and Astros has been postponed until Thursday due to rain.

    Advice: This was always a likely scenario with storms heading for the New York area at and around the originally scheduled game time on Wednesday. Weather permitting, the game will be played on Thursday at 8:08 p.m. ET, which means that the Yankees and Astros will be able to pitch Game 1 starters Masahiro Tanaka and Zack Greinke on full rest rather than the expected "bullpen day" that both clubs had lined up for Game 4. There will be no travel day, as Game 5 will take place on Friday in the Bronx with Games 6 and 7 -- if necessary -- set for Houston's Minute Maid Park on Saturday and Sunday. Yesterday, 8:49 am
  • Howie Kendrick, 36, named 2019 NLCS MVP
    Howie Kendrick was named MVP of the National League Championship Series.

    Advice: Kendrick contributed a walk and a run scored to the Nationals' sweep-clinching 7-4 victory in Game 4 on Tuesday night against the Cardinals, after hitting three doubles and tallying three RBI in Game 3 on Monday. He also went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk in Game 1. The 36-year-old put up a tremendous .344/.395/.572 batting line over 121 games during the regular season and remains a key cog in the Nats' lineup as they move on to their first-ever World Series. Tuesday, 8:30 pm
    Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Was - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    W, 8-2 vs Cle
  • Tanaka would start if Game 4 moved back
    Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Masahiro Tanaka would start Game 4 of the ALCS if the game is moved to Thursday.

    Advice: As of now, the Yankees are planning to go with a bullpen game in Game 4, but rain and thunderstorms are in the forecast for Wednesday. There's a very good chance it's postponed, so the extra day will likely switch up the plan for both teams. Tuesday, 9:41 am
  • Stanton (quad) available off bench in Gm 3
    Giancarlo Stanton (quad) may still be available off the bench for Game 3 of the ALCS against the Astros.

    Advice: Stanton will miss his second straight start with a right quadriceps strain, with Aaron Hicks replacing him in the lineup. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said the slugger is "feeling better," but also concedes that he would likely be on the injured list if this was the regular season. Still, he's eager to return to action soon. Taking him off the ALCS roster would end his season, so it's a tough spot. Tuesday, 9:38 am
    L, 6-1 @Tex
  • Stanton (quad) not in lineup for ALCS Game 3
    Giancarlo Stanton (quad) is not in the Yankees' lineup for Game 3 of the ALCS against the Astros on Tuesday.

    Advice: Stanton has now missed consecutive starts with a right quadriceps strain. Taking him off the roster would make him ineligible for the World Series, so the Yankees figure to delay a decision. With Stanton out, Aaron Hicks will start in center field while Brett Gardner will play left field. The full lineup against Gerrit Cole: DJ LeMahieu 1B, Aaron Judge RF, Gardner LF, Edwin Encarnacion DH, Gleyber Torres 2B, Didi Gregorius SS, Gary Sanchez C, Gio Urshela 3B, Hicks CF. Luis Severino will start for New York. Tuesday, 9:12 am
    L, 6-1 @Tex
  • Howie Kendrick doubles three times in Game 3
    Howie Kendrick continued his excellent postseason with three doubles, three RBI and two runs scored in Monday's NLCS Game 3 win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Kendrick made a misplay by Marcell Ozuna in the third inning hurt, tacking on two more runs in a four-run frame with a two-run double. He doubled in another run in the fifth before adding a third two-bagger in the seventh. Kendrick has now driven in nine runs this postseason, which ties him with Gleyber Torres for the most by any player. Monday, 8:26 pm
    Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Was - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    W, 8-2 vs Cle
  • Stanton (quad) hit in cage on Sunday
    Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Monday that Giancarlo Stanton (quad) hit in the cage on Sunday and things went "pretty well."

    Advice: Stanton was held out of Game 2 on Sunday due to a right quadriceps strain. It's unclear what activity he'll go through on Monday, but it's too soon to say when he might be able to return to the lineup. Obviously the Yankees will delay that decision for as long as they can, as taking him off the roster would make him ineligible to return if the club advances to the World Series. Monday, 12:23 pm
    L, 6-1 @Tex
  • Springer knocks first postseason homer in win
    George Springer hit his first home run of the postseason in Sunday's ALCS Game 2 win over the Yankees.

    Advice: The Yankees had done their homework on Springer and knew he's a great fastball hitter, so they called upon reliever Adam Ottavino and his devastating slider to face Springer in the fifth inning. The only problem? Ottavino left one up and over the plate, and Springer didn't miss it. The solo homer knotted the game at 2-2, where it would stay until Carlos Correa's walk-off solo homer in the 11th. For Springer the homer was his first in seven games this postseason -- and also his first RBI -- as he's struggled at the dish against the Rays and now the Yanks. Through those seven games, the 30-year-old is hitting just .138 with a .435 OPS. Sunday, 10:14 pm
  • Stanton out for ALCS Game 2 with quad strain
    Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Giancarlo Stanton is sidelined with a right quadriceps strain.

    Advice: Notably, Boone told reporters before Sunday's Game 2 that he hopes Stanton will be able to return during the ALCS, a sign that this isn't just a nagging injury. Stanton did leave in the eighth inning of Saturday's Game 1 win, but Boone said that move was unrelated to the injury, which he learned about after the game. Boone said Stanton incurred the injury while running to first base after his first at-bat. An MRI on Sunday confirmed the strain. Stanton is available to pinch-hit Sunday, per Boone. Cameron Maybin is starting in left field in Stanton's stead Sunday. We'll see how he progresses as the series goes on. Sunday, 2:49 pm
    L, 6-1 @Tex
  • Stanton not in Yankees' ALCS Game 2 lineup
    Giancarlo Stanton is not in the Yankees' lineup for Sunday's ALCS Game 2 against the Astros.

    Advice: The Yankees' hashtag is #NextManUp, which is fitting with Stanton back on the bench after homering in their Game 1 win Saturday. Cameron Maybin is starting in left field in Stanton's absence. The Yanks haven't yet said the reason for Stanton's absence, but obviously right knee issues cost him half a season before he returned in mid-September. Stay tuned. Sunday, 2:04 pm
    L, 6-1 @Tex
  • Giancarlo Stanton goes deep in Game 1 victory
    Giancarlo Stanton blasted an opposite-field solo home run on Saturday, helping to power the Yankees to victory over the Astros in Game 1 of the ALCS.

    Advice: Stanton tagged Zack Greinke for the solo shot in the sixth inning, extending the Bombers' advantage to 3-0. He also singled in the contest, finishing the night 2-for-4. He hasn't shown any signs of rust after being limited to just 18 games during the regular season, hitting .300/.467/.600 through his first 15 plate appearances in the postseason. Saturday, 8:23 pm
    L, 6-1 @Tex
  • Greinke gives up three runs in Game 1 loss
    Zack Greinke logged a quality start in Game 1 of the ALCS against the Yankees, but wound up on the losing end of the decision after allowing three runs on seven hits over his six frames.

    Advice: The right-hander punched out six on the night and didn't walk a batter. He allowed an RBI double to Gleyber Torres in the fourth inning, then Torres and Giancarlo Stanton each clubbed solo homers off him in the sixth. Assuming the Astros don't bring him back on short rest in Game 4, Greinke should get a shot at redemption in Game 5 on Thursday in New York. Saturday, 8:22 pm
  • Masahiro Tanaka brilliant in Game 1 victory
    Masahiro Tanaka was brilliant in Saturday's victory over the Astros in Game 1 of the ALCS, allowing just one hit and one walk over six shutout innings.

    Advice: Tanaka punched out four on the evening. The only hit that he allowed was a one-out single to Kyle Tucker in the third inning -- who was then erased when Robinson Chirinos grounded into a double play. The 30-year-old hurler needed only 68 pitches (45 strikes) to navigate through six innings and definitely could have worked deeper into the game if needed. Tanaka now boasts a phenomenal 1.32 career postseason ERA through seven starts (41 innings). He's expected to get the ball again for Game 5 in New York on Thursday. Saturday, 8:22 pm
  • Sabathia added to Yankees' ALCS roster
    Yankees added CC Sabathia (shoulder) to their roster for the American League Championship Series against the Astros.

    Advice: Sabathia will be a nice weapon out of the bullpen. He has been battling shoulder and knee soreness of late and was not available for the ALDS series against the Twins. Sabathia is retiring after the season but Yankees fans will probably get at least one more chance to see the future Hall of Famer pitch. Saturday, 9:46 am
    L, 6-1 @Tex
  • Howie Kendrick collects RBI in Game 1 victory
    Howie Kendrick continued his hot-hitting in Game 1 of the NLCS on Friday night, going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a victory over the Cardinals in St. Louis.

    Advice: Kendrick led off the second inning with a double off of Miles Mikolas and came around to score the game's first run on a two-out RBI double by Yan Gomes. He then added a valuable insurance run in the seventh with a run-scoring single. He's now hitting .296/.321/.444 with a homer and six RBI so far this postseason. Friday, 8:35 pm
    Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Was - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    W, 8-2 vs Cle
  • Masahiro Tanaka starting first game of ALCS
    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Masahiro Tanaka will start Game 1 of the ALCS against the Astros on Saturday.

    Advice: Tanaka was outstanding last Saturday against the Twins in Game 2 of the ALDS, allowing just a run while striking out seven of his five innings. He'll be going up against Zack Greinke in the first game on Saturday, and the two will likely matchup again in Game 5, if necessary. Friday, 2:59 pm
  • Greinke confirmed to start Game 1 of ALCS
    Zack Greinke will start Game 1 of the ALCS against the Yankees on Saturday.

    Advice: Greinke will get the start as expected on normal rest in the first game, with Justin Verlander following in Game 2 on Sunday, and Gerrit Cole starting the third game in New York. Greinke struggled in his postseason start against the Rays; allowing three homers and six runs in just 3 2/3 innings, but it's worth pointing out that start came on 11 days of rest, and he was excellent in the regular season. Astros manager AJ Hinch did not name a starter for Game 4, and that could be a bullpen game if Houston decides not to bring someone back on irregular rest. Friday, 12:08 pm
  • Kendrick's grand slam sends Nationals to NLCS
    Howie Kendrick hit a grand slam in the 10th inning to give the Nationals a 7-3 win over the Dodgers in Game of the NLDS.

    Advice: The Nationals decided to walk Ryan Zimmerman with runners on second and third and no one out to face Kendrick, and no one can blame them for that decision based on how Kendrick has looked in that series. He reminded everyone of his offensive prowess when he crushed a grand slam off of Joe Kelly to give the Nats their 7-3 lead and ultimately the series victory. Kendrick will likely hit near the middle of order again on Friday when the Nationals face the Cardinals in the NLCS. Wednesday, 9:45 pm
    Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Was - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    W, 8-2 vs Cle
  • Sabathia (shoulder) an option for ALCS 'pen
    CC Sabathia (shoulder) had a successful throwing session on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

    Advice: Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters after the workout that Sabathia "looked really good" and "is an option" to be added to the bullpen mix for the American League Championship Series. The veteran left-hander was held out of the American League Division Series due to a shoulder issue that popped up following his final regular-season appearance September 24 against the Rays. Wednesday, 11:44 am
    L, 6-1 @Tex
  • Rich Hill can’t get through three
    Rich Hill lasted just 2 2/3 innings Monday, getting charged with one run while walking four in the Dodgers' loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: We knew coming into this one that Hill’s outing would be an abbreviated one given how little he’s pitched down the stretch. His wildness made sure it was extra short, as he was pulled with two outs in the third inning following his third walk of the frame. Hill was lucky to allow just one run, as the Nats managed only the one tally in the third despite three free passes and a hit. The veteran lefty will probably get another start if the Dodgers advance to the NLCS, although it would be another relatively short one. Oct 7, 7:21 pm
    W, 9-0 @SF
  • Yankees using same lineup in Game 3
    Giancarlo Stanton is starting in left field and batting fifth Monday for the Yankees in ALDS Game 3 against the Twins.

    Advice: The Yanks are rolling out the same lineup that they did in Games 1 and 2, and why shouldn't they after they outscored the Twins 18-6 in two victories. Stanton and Gary Sanchez are the only two regulars who haven't had a hit yet, although Stanton has drawn four walks and Sanchez has drawn two. Oct 7, 2:47 pm
    L, 6-1 @Tex
  • Zack Greinke bombed for six runs in Game 3
    Zack Greinke served up three home runs and yielded six runs over just 3 2/3 frames Monday in the Astros' loss to the Rays.

    Advice: Greinke retired the Rays in order in the bottom of the first inning, but things began to get hairy in the second. A two-out hit-by-pitch brought Kevin Kiermaier to the dish and Kiermaier launched the first of three dingers off of the former Cy Young winner. Greinke gave up solo shots in the third and the fourth and was chased after a two-out walk in the latter frame. He'll have to wait until the ALCS (should the Astros advance) to get another chance. Oct 7, 2:23 pm
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