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  • Hernandez powers Dodgers to World Series
    Kiké Hernandez hit three homers and drove in seven runs Thursday as the Dodgers crushed the Cubs 11-1 to win Game 5 of the NLCS and advance to the World Series.

    Advice: Hernandez had a solo homer in the second, a grand slam to break the game open in the third and then a two-run shot to punctuate his night in the ninth. He became the first player to hit three homers in a postseason game since... well, since Jose Altuve two weeks ago against the Red Sox. However, he's just the fifth player ever to knock in seven runs and the first National Leaguer ever. The last American Leaguer was Boston's Troy O'Leary in the 1999 ALDS. He's the first player with three homers and seven RBI in a postseason game. Yesterday, 8:46 pm
    Player Note
    Kiké Hernández LAD - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    W, 6-3 @Col
  • Torres (elbow) resumes hitting in cage
    Yankees infield prospect Gleyber Torres (elbow) has returned to hitting in the cage.

    Advice: Torres made the announcement on his Twitter account, and posted a video of him ripping line drives in an indoor cage. While hitting in the cage isn't the same thing as resuming game activities or even close, it's still an excellent sign for his chances to play early in 2018. This is still one of -- if not the -- best prospects in baseball. He had Tommy John surgery this past June. Wednesday, 1:36 pm
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    L, 2-1 vs Tor
  • Peraza to work at shortstop in Venezuela
    Jose Peraza will spend time working at shortstop this fall in the Venezuelan Winter League.

    Advice: It makes sense, as Zack Cozart is unlikely to return to the Reds as he enters free agency this fall. The former Dodgers and Braves prospect struggled to a .259/.297/.324 line this year, but he did steal 23 bases, and more consistent playing time could help him put up more steals and better numbers at the plate. That's the hope, anyway. Wednesday, 1:10 pm
    Player Note
    José Peraza Cin - 2B,SS,OF
    W, 3-1 @ChC
  • Reds will keep in touch with SS Cozart
    Reds president of baseball operations and general manager Dick Williams told C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he plans to keep in touch with impending free agent Zack Cozart to "see if there’s something that can be worked out there."

    Advice: It's going to cost them, as Cozart is coming off a career-year where he batted .297/.385/.548 with 24 homers and 63 RBI over 122 games. The 32-year-old also played his usual strong defense at shortstop. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported late last week that the club was still mulling over whether to make him a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer. If Cozart was to sign elsewhere, Williams indicated that Jose Peraza would be the "primary candidate" to replace him at shortstop. Monday, 11:45 am
    W, 3-1 @ChC
  • Charlie Culberson doubles, scores in victory
    Charlie Culberson went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored as the Dodgers dispatched of the Cubs in Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday night in Los Angeles.

    Advice: After the Cubs fell behind 1-0 in the fifth inning, Culberson led off the home half of the inning with a double off of Jon Lester. He advanced to third on a ground ball and scored on Justin Turner's game-tying two-out RBI single. Culberson was added to the roster for his defensive prowess, as a replacement for the injured Corey Seager, but has hit .400 with a run scored and an RBI through his first two games. Sunday, 8:11 pm
    W, 6-3 @Col
  • Dodgers stick with Culberson at shortstop
    The Dodgers will stick with Charlie Culberson as the shortstop for Game 2 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Sunday.

    Advice: The 28-year-old is a defense-first shortstop and offers virtually nothing at the plate. Here's how the full lineup shakes out against Jon Lester and the Cubs: Chris Taylor CF, Justin Turner 3B, Cody Bellinger 1B, Kike Hernandez LF, Logan Forsythe 2B, Austin Barnes C, Yasiel Puig RF, Culberson SS, Rich Hill SP. Sunday, 1:50 pm
    W, 6-3 @Col
  • Hernandez batting cleanup for Dodgers in G1
    Enrique Hernandez is starting in left field and batting fourth for the Dodgers in Saturday's NLCS Game 1 against the Cubs.

    Advice: Hernandez kills lefties, so with southpaw Jose Quintana on the hill for the Cubs, it's the 26-year-old who moves up in a lineup without All-Star Corey Seager. Hernandez had one hit in four plate appearances in the Dodgers' Division Series win against the Diamondbacks. The rest of the Dodgers' lineup behind ace Clayton Kershaw: Chris Taylor CF; Justin Turner 3B; Cody Bellinger 1B; Hernandez LF; Logan Forsythe 2B; Austin Barnes C; Yasiel Puig RF; Charlie Culberson SS; Kershaw P. Saturday, 2:22 pm
    Player Note
    Kiké Hernández LAD - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    W, 6-3 @Col
  • Culberson starting at shortstop in Game 1
    Charlie Culberson is starting at shortstop and batting eighth for the Dodgers in Saturday's NLCS Game 1 against the Cubs.

    Advice: Culberson went from being left off the Dodgers' NLDS roster to a potentially key player in this series after All-Star starting shortstop Corey Seager was omitted from the team's Championship Series roster due to a lower back strain. The 28-year-old has just 411 major league at-bats since 2012, and he hit .154/.267/.231 in 15 games this year. The rest of the lineup has yet to be announced by the club. Saturday, 2:06 pm
    W, 6-3 @Col
  • Dodgers add Charlie Culberson to NLCS roster
    Dodgers added Charlie Culberson to their roster for the NLCS against the Cubs.

    Advice: He'll add infield depth for the Dodgers as they try to overcome the loss of Corey Seager to a back injury. He shouldn't be used as much more than a defensive replacement. Saturday, 10:35 am
    W, 6-3 @Col
  • Reds to discuss QO for Zack Cozart
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Reds will discuss this week whether to make Zack Cozart a $17.4 million qualifying offer.

    Advice: It sounds up in the air, with Heyman writing that the club is "going to heavily debate it. An impending free agent, Cozart would seem to be in line for a multi-year contract this winter after a career-best offensive season and continued good defense. However, he's 32 and the Reds have had trouble trading him the last two years, so perhaps Cozart's market won't be as robust as it seems it might be. Friday, 12:06 pm
    W, 3-1 @ChC
  • Daniel Descalso homers in D'Backs loss
    Daniel Descalso belted a solo home run in Monday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Descalso took advantage of a rare mistake from Yu Darvish, who hung a slider that the second baseman deposited over the right-field wall. It was the second home run of the postseason for Descalso, who also went deep in the Wild Card Game. Unfortunately for the D'Backs, it represented the only run and one of just three hits they had on the night. Monday, 10:46 pm
    Player Note
    Daniel Descalso Ari - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    W, 14-2 @KC
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