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  • Kevin Plawecki catching for Red Sox on Friday
    Kevin Plawecki is starting at catcher and batting ninth for the Red Sox on Friday against the Astros in Game 6 of the ALCS.

    Advice: Plawecki has caught both Nathan Eovaldi starts this series, with Christian Vazquez handling the other four games. The Red Sox also moved Hunter Renfroe -- who has one hit in the series -- down to the eight spot. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 1:35 pm
     
  • Chas McCormick starting in CF in Game 6
    Chas McCormick is starting in center field and batting eighth for the Astros in Friday's ALCS Game 6 versus the Red Sox.

    Advice: Jose Siri had started two of the last three games in center, but it will be McCormick there Friday as the Astros try to close out the series. McCormick is 6-for-15 at the plate during the postseason. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 12:56 pm
     
  • Spencer Torkelson (ankle) won't return to AFL
    Tigers infield prospect Spencer Torkelson (ankle) has been ruled out for the rest of the Arizona Fall League season.

    Advice: Torkelson suffered a sprained ankle while attempting to get back to third base on a pickoff attempt. The good news is that he is expected to be ready for the start of spring training. The top prospect should debut relatively early on next season. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 12:50 pm
     
  • Riley Greene out of concussion protocol
    Tigers outfield prospect Riley Greene is out of concussion protocol.

    Advice: Greene was taken off the Arizona Fall League roster because of a concussion that he suffered late in the regular season while at Triple-A Toledo. He's over it now, though, and is going through his normal offseason training. The top prospect should debut at some point in 2022. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 12:47 pm
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    W, 5-2 @CWS
     
  • Marcus Wilson sent outright to Triple-A
    Mariners sent OF Marcus Wilson outright to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: The M's claimed Wilson off waivers in August but he never made it up to the minors. He'll now have to play his way back onto the 40-man roster. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 12:34 pm
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    L, 3-7 vs LAA
     
  • Sam Haggerty outrighted off 40-man roster
    Mariners sent INF/OF Sam Haggerty outright to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Haggerty missed much of 2021 with a shoulder injury. He's now off the 40-man roster. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 12:29 pm
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    L, 3-7 vs LAA
     
  • Mariners outright Shed Long off 40-man roster
    Mariners sent INF/OF Shed Long outright to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Long will become a free agent following the conclusion of the World Series. The 26-year-old had some initial success with the Mariners in 2019, but he's struggled the last two seasons while battling a stress fracture in his right shin. He had a second surgery on the shin last week and his agent, Nate Heisler, said that his client will be 100 percent for spring training. Long shouldn't have trouble finding another organization willing to roll the dice on him. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 11:32 am
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    L, 3-7 vs LAA
     
  • Austin Wynns outrighted to Triple-A
    Orioles sent C Austin Wynns outright to Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: He's now off the 40-man roster. Wynns has a .580 OPS over parts of three major league seasons. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 11:15 am
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    L, 4-12 @Tor
     
  • Franklin Barreto outrighted off 40-man roster
    Angels sent INF Franklin Barreto outright to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Barreto missed the entire 2021 campaign following Tommy John surgery. The former top prospect is still only 25 but hasn't found any success at the major league level. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 9:43 am
     
  • Freeman's homer not nearly enough in Game 5 loss
    Freddie Freeman swatted a two-run homer in a Game 5 loss Thursday to the Dodgers. 

    Advice: Freeman got the Braves to an excellent start when he clobbered a two-run shot off of Joe Kelly in the first inning to give Atlanta a 2-0 lead. It would be the last runs Atlanta would score, as the Dodgers dominated from that point on. It was the second homer of the series for Freeman, and he'll still have a chance to put the Braves into their first World Series since 1999 on Saturday in Game 6.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:42 pm
     
  • That's more like it: Turner picks up three hits
    Trea Turner went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored on Thursday in a Game 5 win over the Braves in the NLCS. 

    Advice: Well, that's more like it. Turner -- after an outstanding regular season -- has struggled mightily in the postseason, but was able to have a breakout game when the Dodgers needed it most. The Dodgers probably would have been just fine without it, but it's still nice to see. He hit a pair of opposite-field singles before blistering a ball into left to score Mookie Betts. It's a very positive sign for Los Angeles, as they need Turner at his best if they're going to win two more games to advance to the World Series. It sure wouldn't hurt, anyway.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:42 pm
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • Pollock swats two homers as Dodgers stay alive
    A.J. Pollock homered twice and drove in four runs while going 3-for-5 in a rout of the Braves during Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday. 

    Advice: Pollock would be the story of this game, if not for the fact his teammate Chris Taylor swatted three homers. The outfielder got the Dodgers on the board with a solo shot off Max Fried to make it 2-1 Braves, and he cemented the blowout with a homer he admired greatly in the eighth with two on to make it 11-2. Pollock has driven in six runs while hitting .353 in the ALCS, and his effort helps keep the Dodgers alive for at least one more game on Saturday.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:42 pm
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • CT3 homers three times as Dodgers clobber Braves
    Chris Taylor homered three times and drove in six runs as the Dodgers clobbered the Braves 11-2 on Thursday in Game 5 of the NLCS. 

    Advice: It's the first time a player has hit three homers in a possible elimination game. Taylor had a chance to become that first player with four homers in a postseason game, but struck out in the ninth inning. It's a sensational game from a player that has had plenty of highs in his time with the Dodgers, and it helps the Dodgers win their seventh-consecutive game with a chance to be eliminated. Taylor and the Dodgers will head to Atlanta for Game 6 on Saturday. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:42 pm
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    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • Torkelson (ankle) to miss 'significant time'
    William Boor of MLB Pipeline reports that Tigers INF prospect Spencer Torkelson is expected to miss "a significant amount of time" with his ankle injury.

    Advice: Torkelson left Wednesday's Arizona Fall League game with an ankle injury while attempting to get back to third base on a pickoff attempt. Jason Beck reports from a source that it's a sprained ankle, but the severity of that ankle sprain doesn't appear to be known at this time. The 2019 first-overall pick hasn't been removed from the roster yet, but the Tigers will obviously not risk their best prospect -- and one of their most important players -- playing in exhibition games. It would not be a shock if his AFL season was over, and the hope is this won't carry over into spring training.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 4:33 pm
     
  • Rockies outright Ruiz to Triple-A Albuquerque
    Rockies sent INF Rio Ruiz outright to Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: Ruiz was claimed off waivers from the Orioles over the summer, and he hit just .168 with the Rockies and Baltimore in 2021. He'll likely be non-tendered and seek a new opportunity in 2022.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 2:30 pm
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    Rio Ruiz Col - 1B,2B,3B
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    L, 4-5 @Ari
     
  • Rockies outright INF Fuentes to Triple-A
    Rockies sent INF Joshua Fuentes outright to Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: The move clears room on the 40-man roster. Fuentes was awful in 2021 with a .225/.257/.351 slash, and is nothing more than organizational depth. There's a good chance that organization isn't the Rockies in 2022.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 2:27 pm
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    L, 4-5 @Ari
     
  • Freeman homers, drives in two in Game 4 rout
    Freddie Freeman homered, doubled and drove in two runs to help the Braves to a Game 4 victory in the NLCS over the Dodgers on Wednesday. 

    Advice: Remember when Freeman was struggling? That was short. Freeman blasted a solo shot off Julio Urias in the third, and he doubled in a run in the ninth to extend the Atlanta lead to 6-2. The 32-year-old has Atlanta just a win away from a trip to the Fall Classic.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 8:37 pm
     
  • Spencer Torkelson exits AFL game with ankle injury
    Tigers infield prospect Spencer Torkelson exited Wednesday's Arizona Fall League contest with an ankle injury.

    Advice: Torkelson, the first overall selection in the 2020 MLB Draft, limped off the field after rolling his ankle while attempting to get back to third base on a pickoff attempt in an Arizona Fall League contest. The 22-year-old top prospect was tearing the cover off the ball recently after slashing .267/.383/.522 with 30 home runs and five stolen bases across 530 plate appearances between High-A West Michigan, Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo this season. He appears to have avoided a potentially serious injury and there should be an additional update on his status in the next few days. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 2:13 pm
     
  • Freddie Freeman snaps out of funk with three hits
    Freddie Freeman singled three times and also drew a walk Tuesday against the Dodgers in NLCS Game 3.

    Advice: It wound up being a devastating loss for the Braves, but they did at least have to be encouraged by Freeman's performance. After going 0-for-8 with seven strikeouts in the first two games of the series, Freeman had three opposite-field singles in this one and also added a walk in his final plate appearance. In Game 4 the reigning NL MVP will face Julio Urias, against whom he's homered twice in eight career regular season plate appearances (he did get Freeman to fly out in Game 2). NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 6:27 pm
     
  • McCormick, not Meyers, starting in CF for Game 4
    Chas McCormick will start in center field for Game 4 of the ALCS against the Red Sox on Tuesday. 

    Advice: Jake Meyers (shoulder) was in the originally submitted lineup, but it turns out that McCormick will start in center field after Jose Siri got the start in Game 3. The full lineup for the Astros as they attempt to even things up: Jose Altuve 2B, Michael Brantley LF, Alex Bregman 3B, Yordan Alvarez DH, Carlos Correa SS, Kyle Tucker RF, Yuli Gurriel 1B, McCormick CF, Martin Maldonado C. Zack Greinke is on the hill for Houston in the critical matchup. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 1:22 pm
     
  • Snitker sticking with same lineup for NLCS Game 3
    The struggling Freddie Freeman remains in the No. 2 spot for Game 3 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Tuesday. 

    Advice: Oddly, Freeman is 0-for-8 with seven strikeouts during the NLCS, but he's obviously capable of turning it around at any minute. There was really no doubt that he would be right back in the No. 2 spot. Brian Snitker isn't messing with anything for Game 3. The full lineup for Atlanta: Eddie Rosario LF, Freeman 1B, Ozzie Albies 2B, Austin Riley 3B, Joc Pederson RF, Adam Duvall CF, Travis d’Arnaud C, Dansby Swanson SS, Charlie Morton SP.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 9:59 am
     
  • Chris Taylor smacks two-run double in Game 2 loss
    Chris Taylor smacked a go-ahead two-run double in the seventh inning on Sunday, but the Dodgers still wound up falling to the Braves in Game 2 of the NLCS.

    Advice: The Dodgers got their rally going with a leadoff walk by Mookie Betts, a two-out intentional walk to Will Smith and Justin Turner getting hit by a pitch. Turner then poked an 0-1 offering from Luke Jackson for a two-run double to give the Dodgers the lead. He finished the night 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and a stolen base and is now hitting .286/.407/.571 with a homer and six RBI on the postseason. NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 8:50 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • Braves release lineup for Game 2 of NLDS vs LAD
    Here is the Atlanta Braves lineup for Game 2 of the NLCS versus the Los Angeles Dodgers: Rosario LF, Freeman 1B, Albies 2B, Riley 3B, Pederson RF, Duvall CF, d'Arnaud C, Swanson SS, Anderson P.

    Advice: Ian Anderson will get the start against future Hall of Famer Max Scherzer. The Braves took Game 1 on Saturday night after a walk-off RBI by Alex Riley in the bottom of the ninth.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 12:10 pm
     
  • Chris Taylor collects two hits in loss to Braves
    Chris Taylor went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI as the Dodgers fell to the Braves in Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday night in Atlanta.

    Advice: Taylor got the Dodgers on the board with a game-tying RBI single off of Max Fried in the second inning. He then swiped second base but wound up being stranded there. He also led off the seventh inning with a double, was sacrificed to third by Austin Barnes, but again the Dodgers were unable to cash him in. With the two-hit night, he's now hitting .263/.348/.526 with a homer, four RBI and a stolen base this postseason. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 8:30 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • Chas McCormick starting in CF for Astros in Game 2
    Chas McCormick will start in center field and hit eighth on Saturday afternoon in Game 2 of the ALCS against the Red Sox.

    Advice: McCormick gets the nod over Jake Meyers, who remains sidelined due to a left shoulder injury. The 26-year-old rookie outfielder tallied three hits -- all singles -- on Friday night in the Astros' Game 1 victory. Here's the full lineup: Jose Altuve 2B, Michael Brantley LF, Alex Bregman 3B, Yordan Alvarez DH, Carlos Correa SS, Kyle Tucker RF, Yuli Gurriel 1B, Chas McCormick CF and Martin Maldonado C. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 9:57 am
     
  • Chas McCormick gets nod in CF in Game 1
    Chas McCormick is starting in center field and batting eighth for the Astros in Friday's ALCS Game 1 versus the Red Sox.

    Advice: Jake Meyers is on the roster after leaving Game 4 of the ALDS with a shoulder injury, but it will be McCormick getting the call in center field against Chris Sale. The Astros' full lineup looks like this: Jose Altuve 2B, Michael Brantley DH, Alex Bregman 3B, Yordan Alvarez LF, Carlos Correa SS, Kyle Tucker RF, Yuli Gurriel 1B, McCormick CF, Martin Maldonado C. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 12:39 pm
     
  • Freddie Freeman home run sends Braves to NLCS
    Freddie Freeman smacked a go-ahead solo home run off of Josh Hader in the bottom of the eighth inning Tuesday to propel the Braves to an NLDS series win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Hader hadn't given up a run since July 28 or a home run to a left-handed batter all season. He struck out both Eddie Rosario and Dansby Swanson to kick off the frame, but the flamethrowing reliever left a slider over the plate on his first offering to Freeman and the stud first baseman swatted it out to left center. It was his fifth career postseason home run. Freeman had a game-high three hits Tuesday, also adding a single and a double. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 6:25 pm
     
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