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  • Yandy Diaz could start for Indians at third
    According to Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Indians are strongly considering entering the 2019 season with Yandy Diaz as their starting third baseman.

    Advice: Pluto speculates that Michael Brantley, a free agent this winter, will not be brought back by the Tribe, and that Jason Kipnis will move to left field to fill that void. That would leave second base open for Jose Ramirez and the hot corner open for Diaz on an everyday basis. He saw limited action during the 2018 season, but hit a respectable .312/.375/.422 with one homer, 15 RBI and a 19/11 K/BB ratio in 120 plate appearances. With very little to offer in terms of power and speed, Diaz won't be an attractive commodity in fantasy leagues, even if he does land the starting gig at third base. Yesterday, 5:55 pm
    W, 2-1 @KC
  • Sandy Leon likely to catch for Sale in Game 1
    Sandy Leon is likely to serve as the Red Sox' starting catcher for Game 1 of the World Series against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

    Advice: While Christian Vazquez has functioned as the team's primary backstop recently, Leon served as Chris Sale's catcher for most of the season, and that's likely to remain the case in the World Series as well. The 29-year-old is hitless in seven at-bats this postseason and hit a cringe-inducing .177/.232/.279 during the regular season. Yesterday, 4:07 pm
    W, 10-2 vs NYY
  • Steven Wright throws simulated game Sunday
    Steven Wright (knee) threw a simulated game on Sunday without any issues.

    Advice: How his knee responds to Sunday's session will determine Wright's availability for the World Series. The knuckleballer has been on the shelf since complaining of knee pain after Game 1 of the ALDS. Yesterday, 2:00 pm
    W, 10-2 vs NYY
  • Sale's issue not belly button ring related
    John Tomase of reports that the stomach issue that caused Chris Sale to miss his start in Game 5 of the ALCS was not due to a problem with his belly button ring.

    Advice: Sale said Saturday that irritation from a belly button ring was the culprit, but it appears that he was just having a little fun with the media. The left-hander is over the stomach problem that sent him to the hospital and is on track to start Game 1 of the World Series against the Dodgers on Tuesday. Yesterday, 10:16 am
  • Mookie Betts works on DPs at 2B Sunday
    Mookie Betts worked out at second base again on Sunday, practicing double play feeds.

    Advice: Betts was getting some pointers from Dustin Pedroia. Whether Betts ultimately sees some time at second base in Los Angeles during the World Series remains to be seen, but it's clear that Red Sox manager Alex Cora is seriously considering it. Working in Betts' favor as an option at second is the Red Sox' staff induces a good number of flyballs and the Dodgers strike out a lot. Still, asking the likely AL MVP to handle a position he hasn't started at in four years would be quite a gamble. Yesterday, 8:57 am
    W, 10-2 vs NYY
  • Steven Wright (knee) to throw sim game
    Steven Wright (knee) will throw a simulated game Sunday.

    Advice: He'll also do some pitchers' fielding practice on Monday. Wright is hoping to prove he's healthy enough to be added to the Red Sox' roster for the World Series. The knuckleballer was removed from the ALDS roster after one game due to a nagging left knee injury that will require surgery after the season. Yesterday, 8:12 am
    W, 10-2 vs NYY
  • Bellinger named NLCS MVP for Game 7 heroics
    Cody Bellinger was named NLCS MVP after the Dodgers' Game 7 win over the Brewers on Saturday.

    Advice: Bellinger hit what was the game-winning homer in the second inning, a two-run jack off Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin that gave the Dodgers a lead they wouldn't relinquish. He hit just .200 in the series, with four RBI, three runs scored and two stolen bases, but the stakes and importance of his Game 7 homer clearly impressed the judges in choosing him as the series MVP. Bellinger and the Dodgers will advance to take on the Red Sox in the World Series, which begins Tuesday in Boston. Saturday, 8:47 pm
    W, 15-0 @SF
  • Kershaw pitches ninth to finish off Brewers
    Clayton Kershaw fired a scoreless ninth inning Saturday to close out the Dodgers' NLCS Game 7 win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said before the game that Kershaw was a near certainty to pitch at some point, and with a four-run lead he called on his ace to get the final three outs. Kershaw did it with the ease of a long-time closer, getting Travis Shaw to ground out before fanning Jesus Aguilar and Mike Moustakas to end it. The inning was such a breeze for Kershaw -- 15 pitches, nine strikes, little stress -- that it's a near lock that he'll turn around and start Tuesday's World Series Game 1 against the Red Sox in Boston. What a game that should be, too, with Kershaw squaring off against Chris Sale in a battle of two of the game's best. Saturday, 8:37 pm
  • Yelich's solo homer not enough for Brewers
    Christian Yelich hit a solo home run in the first inning of Saturday's NLCS Game 7 loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Yelich yanked a Walker Buehler fastball just over the right field wall -- and the straining glove of right fielder Yasiel Puig -- to energize the Miller Park crowd and give the Brewers an early lead. It would be one of the last things the crowd had to cheer about, as it was all Dodgers from that point on. For his part, Yelich finished the postseason with a pair of homers and just three RBI in 10 games, a disappointing output for the potential NL MVP. His relative struggles in the postseason don't diminish what was a breakout regular season for the 26-year-old, who will enter next spring as a likely first-round draft pick in fantasy leagues. Saturday, 8:31 pm
    W, 11-0 vs Det
  • Bellinger muscles up for two-run homer in win
    Cody Bellinger hit a two-run home run, stole a base and scored twice in the Dodgers' NLCS Game 7 win over the Brewers on Saturday.

    Advice: It's perhaps not the homer everyone will remember -- Yasiel Puig took care of that with a back-breaking three-run shot in the sixth inning, crotch-chopping his way around the bases -- but Bellinger's two-run blast in the second inning ended up being the difference in the game. It was a big one at the time, too, an answer to Christian Yelich's solo homer in the bottom of the first inning that gave the Brewers an early lead. Bellinger's two-run bomb off Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin changed all that. It was a good time for his first homer this postseason, and easily the biggest of his five hits through the team's 11 games. Bellinger is batting just .139/.244/.250 in those 11 games but will have a shot at improving upon those numbers when he and his Dodgers teammates square off with the Red Sox in next week's World Series. Saturday, 8:30 pm
    W, 15-0 @SF
  • Buehler falls an out short of NLCS Game 7 win
    Walker Buehler allowed a lone run over 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision in Saturday's NLCS Game 7 victory over the Brewers.

    Advice: Christian Yelich turned around a Buehler fastball in the first inning to give the Brewers an early lead, but the young right-hander was nails from there on. He did scatter six hits, but Buehler struck out seven without issuing a walk in the outing. He was a batter away from qualifying for the win, but a Lorenzo Cain single with two outs in the fifth inning prompted manager Dave Roberts to call on Julio Urias to face Yelich. Through three postseason starts, the 24-year-old now has 22 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings of work. He'll surely get at least one more as the Dodgers move on to face the Red Sox in the World Series, which begins Tuesday. Saturday, 8:29 pm
  • Chacin lasts just two innings in Game 7 loss
    Jhoulys Chacin pitched two innings, allowing a two-run home run among three hits and a walk, in taking the loss in Saturday's Game 7 of the NLCS against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Chacin worked around a one-out walk to get through the first inning unharmed, but he was less fortunate in the second. After Manny Machado bunted for a hit, Cody Bellinger launched a two-run homer to deep right to give the Dodgers the lead. He'd allowed just one run in his previous three starts combined, accounting for 16 innings in those three starts, but in the win-or-go-home Game 7 manager Craig Counsell had to be proactive and yanked Chacin after those two innings. The 30-year-old enjoyed a tremendously successful year in 2018, going 15-8 with a 3.50 ERA in 35 regular season starts and winning both his postseason starts before Saturday. He'll be back with the Brewers in 2019 on a $6.75 million deal that now looks like a steal for the Milwaukee club. Saturday, 8:28 pm
  • Puig goes off, Dodgers return to World Series
    Yasiel Puig went 3-for-4 with a three-run home run to lead the Dodgers to a 5-1 win in Saturday's NLCS Game 7 against the Brewers.

    Advice: Puig's night began when he doubled down the right field line in the second inning, and with the Dodgers nursing a one-run lead in the sixth he delivered the biggest blow of the contest with a three-run blast over the left-center field wall. He was hitting .240 with one RBI and two runs scored in 10 postseason games before Saturday's outburst, now batting .310/.412/.517 in 11 playoff contests. Love him or hate him, he's a talent and will once again have a chance to shine on the biggest stage when the World Series starts Tuesday in Boston. Saturday, 8:28 pm
    W, 15-0 @SF
  • Sale (illness) blames belly-button ring
    Chris Sale said Saturday that irritation from a belly-button ring caused him to miss his start in Game 5 of the ALCS.

    Advice: "I had irritation from a belly-button ring, just constantly taking it in and out, causing irritation and got a rash down there," Sale said with a straight face on Saturday at Fenway Park. "Had to take care of that. Doctors and nurses over at MGH were awesome. Things happen, you handle them and keep moving forward." It's both a ridiculous-sounding explanation and one that Boston media is repeating without much further investigation, so we'll pass it along. Whatever the reason, Sale has since recovered and is on track to start Tuesday's World Series Game 1. Saturday, 3:51 pm
  • Altuve surgery was to repair kneecap fracture
    According to Brian McTaggart of, Jose Altuve's surgery was to repair a patella (kneecap) avulsion fracture in his right knee.

    Advice: According to the Mayo Clinic web site, an avulsion fracture occurs when a small chunk of bone attached to a tendon or ligament gets pulled away from the main part of the bone. Despite the sudden surgery and the uncomfortable-sounding nature of the injury, the second baseman is expected to be healthy for the start of spring training. It certainly helps explain some of his relative struggles down the stretch of the 2018 season. Saturday, 2:38 pm
    L, 4-0 @Bal
  • Pederson starts, leads off for Dodgers in G7
    Joc Pederson is starting in left field and batting leadoff for the Dodgers in Saturday's NLCS Game 7 against the Brewers.

    Advice: Pederson took a seat Friday, with David Freese batting leadoff and playing first base while Chris Taylor moved from second base to left field. On Saturday, it's Taylor at second base and Freese on the bench against Brewers righty Jhoulys Chacin. The rest of the Dodgers' lineup for the winner-take-all contest: Pederson, LF; Max Muncy, 1B; Justin Turner, 3B; Manny Machado, SS; Cody Bellinger, CF; Yasiel Puig, RF; Taylor, 2B; Austin Barnes, C; Walker Buehler, P. Saturday, 1:37 pm
    W, 15-0 @SF
  • Brewers keep same lineup for Game 7
    The Brewers will run out the same lineup in Saturday's Game 7 as they used to win Game 6 of the NLCS against the Dodgers.

    Advice: The batting order looks like this: Lorenzo Cain CF, Christian Yelich RF, Ryan Braun LF, Travis Shaw 2B, Jesus Aguilar 1B, Mike Moustakas 3B, Eric Kratz C, Orlando Arcia SS and Jhoulys Chacin will start the game on the mound. Saturday, 1:00 pm
    W, 11-0 vs Det
  • Betts could play second base in World Series
    Mookie Betts has been taking ground balls at second base and could man that position in a National League ballpark in the World Series.

    Advice: Red Sox manager Alex Cora said regular designated hitter J.D. Martinez will start every game of the series. He would have to man the outfield if he were to start in either Milwaukee or Los Angeles. Second baseman Ian Kinsler is the weak link in the Red Sox lineup. Putting Betts at second base would keep Jackie Bradley in the lineup in center field. It still seems rather unlikely but Cora did not rule out the idea when asked about it at a press conference on Saturday. Betts played part of one game at second base this season but other than that hasn't played anywhere on the infield since 2014. Saturday, 12:38 pm
    W, 10-2 vs NYY
  • Sale healthy and ready for Game 1 start
    Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Chris Sale (illness) is healthy again and will start in World Series Game 1 against either the Dodgers or Brewers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Sale was hospitalized with a stomach ailment last weekend but has since recovered enough that his status is no longer questionable. Cora said: "He's ready to go." He last pitched in Game 1 of the ALCS against the Astros and exhibited reduced velocity and poor command. A healthy and effective Chris Sale greatly improves the Red Sox' odds of winning the championship. He went 12-4 with a sparkling 2.11 ERA in 27 starts in the regular season. He is 1-0 with a 3.48 ERA in two starts and one relief appearance in the playoffs. Saturday, 12:18 pm
  • Altuve undergoes right knee surgery
    Brian McTaggart of reported that Jose Altuve recently had surgery on his right knee.

    Advice: The expectation is that he will be fully healthy in time for spring training. Astros manager A.J. Hinch commented during the playoffs that "He's hurt, if it was any other time of year he wouldn't be playing. His teammates revere him." Altuve originally hurt the knee way back in July during a game against the Rockies. The second baseman won the American League MVP Award in 2017 and then his performance fell off somewhat in 2018, perhaps in large part due to the injury. He registered an .865 OPS in the first half of the season and a .751 OPS after the break. The most obvious sign that his leg was bothering him was a dropoff in stolen bases -- after stealing 30+ bases every year in the previous six seasons he swiped only 17 this year. Saturday, 10:14 am
    L, 4-0 @Bal
  • Chacin will start decisive Game 7 vs Dodgers
    Jhoulys Chacin will start for the Brewers against Walker Buehler of the Dodgers in Saturday's decisive Game 7 of the National League Championship Series.

    Advice: It is a repeat of the Game 3 matchup won 4-0 by the Brewers. Chacin was the ace of the Brewers' staff throughout the regular season and has yet to allow a run in the postseason. He went 15-8 with a 3.50 ERA in 35 starts during the regular season. He started the Game 163 NL Central tiebreaker against the Cubs and allowed just one run in 5 2/3 innings to lead the Brewers to a division title. In the playoffs he pitched five shutout innings to beat the Rockies in Game 2 of the NLDS and then rattled off 5 1/3 shutout frames to beat the Dodgers in Game 3 of the NLCS. Chacin can't match Buehler's raw stuff or velocity but he trumps the rookie by a wide margin in terms of experience and veteran savvy. Saturday, 7:01 am
  • Buehler to start Game 7 vs Brewers Saturday
    Walker Buehler will start Game 7 of the NLCS against the Brewers on Saturday.

    Advice: The rookie right-hander will square off against the Brewers' Jhoulys Chacin as the two teams battle for a World Series berth. Buehler went 8-5 with a superb 2.62 ERA in 23 starts and one relief appearance during the regular season, which includes a spectacular performance in the Game 163 tie-breaker against the Rockies. He led the Dodgers to a division championship that day by shutting out the Rockies for 6 2/3 innings while allowing just one hit. He's made two starts in the post-season and they weren't great. He gave up five runs in five innings against the Braves in Game 3 of the NLDS, with four of them coming on a grand slam off the bat of Ronald Acuna. He allowed only two hits and three walks in that game despite the five runs. In Game 3 of the NLCS he yielded four runs in seven innings against the Brewers. Saturday, 6:23 am
  • Corey Knebel earns win in relief in Game 6
    Corey Knebel earned a victory out of the Brewers bullpen in Game 6 of the NLCS on Friday, allowing just a hit batsman in his 1 2/3 innings of work.

    Advice: Brewers' manager Craig Counsell turned to Knebel to relieve Wade Miley in the fifth inning with two men on and one out, with Justin Turner representing the tying run at the plate. The right-hander responded by getting Turner on a fly ball to center field, then striking out Manny Machado to end the threat. He remained on to work the sixth, and aside from hitting Joc Pederson with one out, he worked a clean inning. He needed just 25 pitches to record five outs in this one and should be available for Saturday's Game 7. Friday, 9:17 pm
    W, 11-0 vs Det
  • Chris Sale (illness) on track for WS Game 1
    Red Sox manager Alex Cora said in an interview on WEEI on Friday that Chris Sale (illness) will start Game 1 of the World Series next Tuesday.

    Advice: Sale had to be pushed back from a scheduled start in Game 5 of the ALCS due to a stomach illness that sent him to the hospital, but he appears to be recovered. The left-hander will be pitching on nine days' rest, as he last started in Game 1 of the ALCS on October 13. Cora added that David Price would "probably" start Game 2, but he hasn't made any firm plans beyond his Game 1 starter yet. Friday, 12:09 pm
  • Sale feeling better, throws off flat ground
    Chris Sale was able to throw off flat ground, and should be able to start Game 6 against the Astros on Saturday if necessary.

    Advice: Sale was hospitalized with a stomach ailment earlier in the week, and while he was considered too weak to pitch Thursday's Game 5, it sounds like he'll be able to go in either a Game 6 or Game 1 of the World Series. Thursday, 2:39 pm
  • Altuve (knee) wouldn't play if regular season
    Astros manager A.J. Hinch told reporters before Game 5 of the ALCS on Thursday that Jose Altuve (knee) wouldn't be playing if it was the regular season.

    Advice: "He’s hurt," Hinch said in the pregame comments. "If it was any other time of the year, he wouldn’t be playing. His teammates revere him." Altuve is back in the lineup as the designated hitter, and likely will do so for the remainder of the series. The question is whether or not Altuve would be able to play in the World Series in National League parks, but the Astros need to win three more games before we find out the answer. Thursday, 1:41 pm
    L, 4-0 @Bal
  • Kershaw fans nine as Dodgers take Game 5
    Clayton Kershaw limited the Brewers to one run in seven innings and struck out nine as the Dodgers won 5-2 on Wednesday to take a 3-2 lead in the NLCS.

    Advice: Kershaw nearly came out after five, but the Dodgers opted to leave him in to bat after Austin Barnes singled in a run to tie the game at 1-1. Kershaw did some of his best work afterwards, and departed a 5-1 game after walking and scoring a run in the bottom of the seventh. It was a big rebound for him after he gave up five runs -- four earned -- over three-plus innings in a Game 1 loss. Wednesday, 5:54 pm
  • Yasiel Puig goes 2-for-2 off bench
    Yasiel Puig had an RBI single and a double off the bench Wednesday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Puig didn't start with the Brewers initially using Wade Miley, and he also didn't enter immediately after Brandon Woodruff came on; the Dodgers waited until the sixth to have him bat for Enrique Hernandez. The move paid off, and Puig is now 7-for-22 with five walks in the postseason. Wednesday, 5:49 pm
    W, 15-0 @SF
  • Christian Yelich goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Christian Yelich went 0-for-4 on Wednesday, leaving him 3-for-20 against the Dodgers in the NLCS.

    Advice: It's been a tough week for Yelich on the heels of a nice NLDS in which he went 2-for-8 with a homer and six walks in the three-game sweep. The likely NL MVP has yet to pick up an extra-base hit or drive in a run versus the Dodgers. Wednesday, 5:46 pm
    W, 11-0 vs Det
  • Jose Altuve to play second base Thursday
    Jose Altuve is set to return to second base on Thursday after DHing for a second straight game Wednesday.

    Advice: Altuve is bothered by a sore right knee. With Altuve DHing, the Astros have used Tony Kemp in left field and Marwin Gonzalez at second base the last two days. Tyler White has been sent to the bench. Wednesday, 4:14 pm
    L, 4-0 @Bal
  • Chris Sale (illness) will not start ALCS Gm 5
    Chris Sale will not start Thursday's ALCS Game 5 after spending time in the hospital with an illness.

    Advice: It sounds like Sale will be good for Saturday's Game 6, but he's too weak to pitch Thursday. Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Joe Kelly, Eduardo Rodriguez and David Price are possibilities to start Game 5. Price would be on three days' rest after starting Game 2. Wednesday, 3:14 pm
  • Cody Bellinger at leadoff in Game 5 of NLCS
    Cody Bellinger is batting leadoff for the Dodgers in NLCS Game 5 on Wednesday versus the Brewers.

    Advice: Bellinger came off the bench in Game 4 and singled off Josh Hader in the bottom of the eighth inning before walking it off in the bottom of the 13th. He also made a tremendous diving catch in the outfield in the top of the 10th. Here is the full NLCS Game 5 lineup for Los Angeles: Cody Bellinger CF, Justin Turner 3B, David Freese 1B, Manny Machado SS, Max Muncy 2B, Chris Taylor LF, Enrique Hernandez RF, Austin Barnes C, Clayton Kershaw SP. Wednesday, 11:14 am
    W, 15-0 @SF
  • Bellinger walks it off in 13th, NLCS tied 2-2
    Cody Bellinger hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 13th inning as the Dodgers beat the Brewers 2-1 in Game 4 of the NLCS on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bellinger finally put an end to the five-and-a-half hour affair with a poke through the right side of the infield that scored Manny Machado from second base. Bellinger, who came off the bench in the bottom of the sixth, also managed a hit off tough Brewers left-hander Josh Hader in the bottom of the eighth and made a sensational diving catch in right field in the top of the 10th. He is now 3-for-25 in the 2018 postseason. Tuesday, 11:32 pm
    W, 15-0 @SF
  • Sale (flu) says he is 'good enough' to pitch
    Chris Sale (illness) said Tuesday that he is "good enough" to pitch.

    Advice: Sale was admitted to a local hospital in Boston over the weekend after coming down with a nasty stomach bug and he's probably a little weaker than he or the Red Sox would like, but the ace left-hander met back up with the team Tuesday in Houston and he could potentially start Game 5 of the ALCS on Thursday at Minute Maid Park. He'll throw a bullpen session Wednesday. Tuesday, 6:40 pm
  • Sale (illness) could throw bullpen Tuesday
    Chris Sale (illness) could throw a bullpen session during Game 3 of the ALCS on Tuesday.

    Advice: Sale was admitted to the hospital on Saturday with a stomach illness, but he'll rejoin the team in Houston on Tuesday. While he might actually throw his bullpen during Game 3, he's not coming into the game. Game 5 on Thursday could be a possibility if he continues to progress. If not, the assignment would go to Eduardo Rodriguez. The Red Sox should announce an exact plan for the next step over the next day or two. Tuesday, 11:36 am
  • Jose Altuve in DH spot for ALCS Game 3
    Jose Altuve will serve as the designated hitter for Game 3 of the ALCS against the Red Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: Altuve was bothered by a right knee injury during the season and it's still an issue, so the hope is to get him off his feet a bit. With Altuve sliding to the DH spot, Marwin Gonzalez will start at second base while Tony Kemp will play left field. Brian McCann is behind the plate. The full lineup for Houston: George Springer CF, Altuve DH, Alex Bregman 3B, Yuli Gurriel 1B, Gonzalez 2B, Josh Reddick RF, Carlos Correa SS, McCann C, Kemp LF. Tuesday, 10:09 am
    L, 4-0 @Bal
  • Jhoulys Chacin holds Dodgers in check Monday
    Jhoulys Chacin held the Dodgers scoreless over 5 1/3 innings of work Monday in the Brewers’ 4-0 NLCS Game 3 win.

    Advice: Walker Buehler certainly had the flashier stuff in this pitching matchup, but Chacin managed to keep the Dodgers off balance all night with a bunch of sliders and well-placed fastballs. The biggest jam he had to pitch out of came in the second inning when he got back-to-back strikeouts to escape a bases-loaded situation. Chacin yielded just three hits and two walks on the night and struck out six before handing it off to the Brewers’ bullpen, which came through again led by Corey Knebel and Josh Hader. The Brewers will start Gio Gonzalez in Game 4 as they try to take a 3-1 series lead. Monday, 8:36 pm
  • Walker Buehler strong over seven frames
    Walker Buehler fanned eight while being charged with four runs over seven innings Monday in the Dodgers’ NLCS Game 3 loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Buehler issued a one-out walk to Christian Yelich in the first inning and then Ryan Braun made him pay for a hanging breaking ball with an RBI double into the corner. The rookie right-hander was untouchable for the next four frames before Travis Shaw stung one for a two-out triple in the sixth (although it was misplayed by Cody Bellinger) and then scored on a wild pitch (another ball that Yasmani Grandal was unable to block). Buehler came back out for the seventh and gave up an Erik Kratz double and Orlando Arcia two-run homer. The Dodgers will turn to Rich Hill in Game 4 as they attempt to avoid falling into a 3-1 hole. Monday, 8:30 pm
  • Chris Sale (illness) rejoining team Tuesday
    Chris Sale (illness) has been released from Massachusetts General Hospital and will rejoin the Red Sox on Tuesday in Houston.

    Advice: Sale was admitted to the hospital on Saturday with a stomach illness, but all indications are that it was a minor issue and he should be fine. The left-hander will be checked out Tuesday before anything is official, but he is lined up to start Game 5 on Thursday in Houston. Monday, 2:39 pm
  • Jose Altuve (knee) could DH in Game 3
    Astros manager A.J. Hinch said he's considering using Jose Altuve as the team's designated hitter in Game 3 of the ALCS on Tuesday.

    Advice: Altuve landed on the disabled list back in July with a right knee injury and he banged the knee up again in Game 2 of the ALDS. Worth noting is that he's gone just 4-for-18 at the plate since that game, but it won't keep him out of the lineup unless it gets worse. The Astros could stick Marwin Gonzalez at second base if Altuve is the DH, although Gonzalez is also banged up after colliding with the outfield wall in Game 2 of the ALCS. Tony Kemp will get a start either in left field or the DH spot. Monday, 2:01 pm
    L, 4-0 @Bal
  • Joc Pederson in the leadoff spot for Game 3
    Joc Pederson is starting in left field and batting leadoff for the Dodgers in Monday's NLCS Game 3 against the Brewers.

    Advice: Pederson didn't start either of the first two games with the Brewers going with lefties, but he's in there versus Jhoulys Chacin. Max Muncy is also starting after coming off the bench in Games 1 and 2. The Dodgers' full lineup looks like this: Pederson LF, Muncy 1B, Justin Turner 3B, Manny Machado SS, Cody Bellinger CF, Yasiel Puig RF, Yasmani Grandal C, Enrique Hernandez 2B, Walker Buehler P. Monday, 1:18 pm
    W, 15-0 @SF
  • Mookie Betts has RBI double in Game 2 win
    Mookie Betts went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI on Sunday as the Red Sox defeated the Astros in Game 2 of the ALCS.

    Advice: Bett's run-scoring double off of Tony Sipp in the eighth inning increased the Red Sox' lead to 7-4. It's just the third multi-hit game that Betts has had in his postseason career, and came at a time when the Red Sox needed it most. He's now hitting .250/.357/.375 with three RBI this postseason. Oct 14, 7:57 pm
    W, 10-2 vs NYY
  • Sale admitted to hospital with stomach issue
    Chris Sale was admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital on Saturday due to a stomach illness.

    Advice: While the issue is not believed to be severe, Sale will be held overnight for observation. It's unclear if the illness played any role in his performance on Saturday or his uncharacteristically poor command. Look for the Red Sox to provide an update on his status on Monday. Oct 14, 6:35 pm
  • Puig and Barnes will start for Dodgers Sat.
    Yasiel Puig will start in right field and Austin Barnes will start behind the plate against the Brewers in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday.

    Advice: Cody Bellinger and Yasmani Grandal will take a seat. Puig came off the bench in Friday's Game 1 loss and struck out as a pinch-hitter. The Dodgers will be facing left-handed starter Wade Miley today. Puig carried a .628 OPS against southpaws this year compared to a .921 OPS versus right-handers. The full Dodgers' batting order: CF Chris Taylor, 3B Justin Turner, 1B David Freese, SS Manny Machado, LF Matt Kemp, 2B Enrique Hernandez, RF Yasiel Puig, C Austin Barnes, P Hyun-Jin Ryu. Oct 13, 10:12 am
    W, 15-0 @SF
  • Cain's three hits lead Brewers to Game 1 win
    Lorenzo Cain went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored as the Brewers held on to beat the Dodgers 6-5 in Game 1 of the NLCS on Friday evening in Milwaukee.

    Advice: Cain singled and came around to score the go-ahead run in the third inning on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Hernan Perez in the third inning. He nearly had himself a four-hit night, though his last one was taken off the board in the ninth inning and ruled an error on third baseman Justin Turner. Cain had been just 1-for-12 (.083) for the postseason prior to Friday's game. Oct 12, 9:17 pm
    W, 11-0 vs Det
  • Corey Knebel escapes with save on Friday
    Corey Knebel walked a tightrope in the ninth inning on Friday, but was able to escape with the lead intact, saving the first game of the NLCS against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Knebel came on with a two-run lead in the ninth inning and retired the first two hitters rather easily before issuing a two-out walk to Joc Pederson. Chris Taylor then blasted a run-scoring triple to right center on a ball that popped out of the glove of Lorenzo Cain, putting the tying run 90 feet away. The right-hander was able to battle back though, striking out Justin Turner to end the ballgame. Oct 12, 9:16 pm
    W, 11-0 vs Det
  • Kershaw yanked during fourth inning of Game 1
    Clayton Kershaw was yanked during the fourth inning of Friday's loss to the Brewers in Game 1 of the NLCS.

    Advice: The star southpaw's defense didn't do him any favors in this one, making three errors behind him, but he was still saddled with five runs (four earned) on six hits in his three-plus innings of work. Kershaw struck out two and walked two in what was the shortest postseason start of his career. He allowed a solo homer to Brewers' relief pitcher Brandon Woodruff as part of a two-run third inning, then was chased after allowing a two-run single to Domingo Santana in the fourth. He threw 74 pitches, 52 of them for strikes, in his three-plus innings. Oct 12, 9:15 pm
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