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  • David Bell emerges as favorite for Reds job
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that David Bell has emerged as the favorite to land the Reds' managerial job.

    Advice: This confirms an earlier report by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Joe Girardi was the rumored favorite for the position until he removed his name from consideration on Friday afternoon. Bell, who has no managerial experience, has been working as the director of player development for the Giants. Today, 5:46 pm
    L, 6-5 vs Pit
  • Joe Musgrove undergoes abdominal surgery
    Joe Musgrove underwent surgery to repair his right abdominal wall and help a pelvic stress reaction heal.

    Advice: Musgrove's season ended prematurely due to the injury and the decision was eventually made to have an operation. He's expected to need six weeks of rehab time, with the Pirates saying the right-hander "will be on or close to a regular schedule for 2019 spring training." Today, 2:04 pm
    W, 6-5 @Cin
  • Freese batting leadoff for Dodgers in Game 6
    David Freese is starting at first base and batting leadoff for the Dodgers in Friday's NLCS Game 6 against the Brewers.

    Advice: Freese has batted leadoff just three times in his career prior to this one. He's unlikely to get a full game in, as the Dodgers figure to do their normal thing and have multiple substitutions once the Brewers go to a righty in their bullpen. The Dodgers' full lineup looks like this: Freese 1B, Max Muncy 2B, Justin Turner 3B, Manny Machado SS, Cody Bellinger CF, Chris Taylor LF, Yasiel Puig RF, Austin Barnes C, Hyun-Jin Ryu P. Today, 2:00 pm
    W, 15-0 @SF
  • Travis Shaw batting cleanup in Game 6
    Travis Shaw is starting at second base and batting cleanup for the Brewers in Friday's NLCS Game 6 versus the Dodgers.

    Advice: The Brewers are going with the same position players that they went with in Game 2 against Hyun-Jin Ryu, but the order is a little different and Shaw moving up to the cleanup spot is one change. Milwaukee's full lineup is as follows: Lorenzo Cain CF, Christian Yelich RF, Ryan Braun LF, Shaw 2B, Jesus Aguilar 1B, Mike Moustakas 3B, Erik Kratz C, Orlando Arcia SS, Wade Miley P. Today, 12:46 pm
    New Player Note
    Travis Shaw Mil - 1B,2B,3B
    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. Today, 12:09 pm
    W, 10-2 vs NYY
  • Matt Davidson will try to be two-way player
    Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports that Matt Davidson will train this winter in hopes of becoming a two-way player next season.

    Advice: The White Sox have given Davidson their blessing and will track his progress throughout the offseason. Davidson made three scoreless appearances for the White Sox this season, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out two. It was the first time he's done any pitching since high school, so who knows how his arm will react as he takes pitching more seriously. Levine writes that Davidson "doesn't expect to be used in a high-leverage moment, but he wants to be a legitimate option on a regular basis." Today, 11:32 am
    L, 5-4 @Min
  • Hunter Harvey (elbow) to throw in December
    Orioles pitching prospect Hunter Harvey (elbow/forearm) will resume a throwing program in December.

    Advice: Harvey's career has been derailed by multiple arm issues, but luckily the one that caused a premature end to his 2018 season isn't considered serious. He'll need to show he can stay healthy in order to regain his prospect status, but Harvey still has time since he'll turn just 24 in December. Today, 9:30 am
    W, 4-0 vs Hou
  • Charlie Morton plans to continue career
    Charlie Morton said after the Astros were eliminated Thursday that he plans to continue his career.

    Advice: Morton had previously indicated that retirement was a possibility, but it looks like he's set on continuing to pitch. Slated to turn 35 next month, Morton would prefer to return to the Astros but realizes "it’s not solely up to me." The Astros seem likely to extend a $17.9 million qualifying offer to the right-hander and it wouldn't be a total shock to see him accept it if he'd really like to remain in Houston. However, even at 35, Morton should be able to get a multi-year deal after the two terrific seasons he had with the Astros. Today, 6:50 am
  • Jackie Bradley Jr. named ALCS MVP
    Jackie Bradley Jr. was named MVP of the 2018 ALCS.

    Advice: Bradley Jr. is a deserving winner, hitting a pair of homers -- including a grand slam in Game 3 -- in the series and also drawing four walks. His average is just .200 in this postseason, but his .400 on-base percentage and .667 slugging mark -- along with his excellent defense in center -- is more indicative of how good he's been in October. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Gonzalez hits solo homer in loss to Red Sox
    Marwin Gonzalez hit a solo homer in a 4-1 loss to the Red Sox on Thursday in Game 5 of the ALCS.

    Advice: The Houston lineup did absolutely nothing against David Price and the Boston bullpen outside of the homer, but the solo blast from Gonzalez prevented the shutout. Gonzalez had a mediocre 2018 season, and will hit free agency in the 2019 campaign. His versatility and ability to hit for power should see him secure a decent contract with someone, but it's possible his strikeout in the ninth inning was the last plate appearance Gonzalez will see as a member of the Astros. Yesterday, 8:56 pm
    New Player Note
    Marwin González Hou - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    L, 4-0 @Bal
  • Martinez hits solo homer in Game 5 victory
    J.D. Martinez hit a solo homer and went 2-for-3 in a Game 5 win over the Astros on Thursday in the ALCS.

    Advice: Martinez walloped a homer off of Justin Verlander to give the Red Sox a 1-0 lead in the third. The slugger also drew a walk, and it was a continuation of what Martinez did all of 2018: Get on base and hit for power. He'll be the designated hitter for the Red Sox in Game 1 and 2 of the World Series, and then likely start in the outfield when the series transitions to the National League. Yesterday, 8:52 pm
  • Devers hits three-run shot in clinching game
    Rafael Devers hit a three-run homer in a 4-1 victory over the Astros on Thursday in Game 5 in the ALCS.

    Advice: The homer was a big one, as it came with the Red Sox holding just a 1-0 lead in the sixth inning off of Justin Verlander to extend the Boston lead to 4-0. It was an excellent series for the soon-to-be 22-year-old with a .385/.467/.615 line over the five games. Don't be surprised if he gets starts at third in the World Series even if Eduardo Nunez is healthy enough to play. Yesterday, 8:49 pm
  • Kimbrel much better while picking up save
    Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless inning with two strikeouts in a save of Game 5 of the ALCS on Thursday against the Astros.

    Advice: This was much, much better than the effort we saw from Kimbrel on Wednesday. He did walk Yuli Gurriel, but outside of that he was able to locate his fastball and slider, and he had plenty of velocity despite throwing 34 pitches over two innings in the Game 4 effort. Kimbrel will now get a chance to save World Series games against either the Dodgers or Brewers. Yesterday, 8:47 pm
  • Verlander gives up two homers in loss
    Justin Verlander allowed four runs over six innings in a loss to the Red Sox on Thursday in Game 5 of the ALCS.

    Advice: All four runs allowed by Verlander came on homers; a solo shot by J.D. Martinez and a three-run homer by Rafael Devers that probably doesn’t leave many -- or any -- other parks. Outside of those blasts he was mostly solid, but the Astros needed their ace to be perfect to stave off elimination on Thursday night. He wasn’t. While it ends in disappointment, it was another strong year for the 35-year-old with a 2.52 ERA and 290 strikeouts over 214 innings for the Astros while winning 16 regular season games and two more in the postseason. He’ll be back with Houston in 2019, and we saw nothing in 2018 that suggests he won’t be among the best starters in baseball again next season. Yesterday, 8:45 pm
  • Price pitches Red Sox into World Series
    David Price hurled six shutout innings while allowing just three hits and striking out nine in a 4-1 victory over the Red Sox in Game 5 of the ALCS on Thursday.

    Advice: Narratives were made to be broken. After two shaky postseason starts -- and many more efforts that haven’t accurately reflected Price’s talent -- Price was absolutely brilliant on Thursday. His change-up was an out pitch, and for the overwhelming majority of the game, the former Cy Young winner was able to get ahead of the Houston lineup while limiting hard contact. This was a wonderful reminder of how dominant Price has been in his career at times. If Boston gets this version of Price in the World Series, the Dodgers or Brewers are in trouble. He’ll likely start Game 2 of the Fall Classic in Fenway Park. Yesterday, 8:44 pm
    Player Note
    David Price Bos - SP,RP
    W, 10-2 vs NYY
  • 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. Yesterday, 2:39 pm
    W, 10-2 vs NYY
  • David Price to start ALCS Gm 5 for Red Sox
    Despite warming up in the eighth and ninth innings Wednesday, David Price will start Thursday's Game 5 against the Astros, manager Alex Cora said.

    Advice: It doesn't seem fair to Price, given that he'd be on short rest Thursday even if not for Wednesday's extended bullpen session, but the Red Sox are really low on options. It's doubtful that they'll ask him to go deep before turning the ball over to Eduardo Rodriguez and company. Chris Sale (illness) is lined up for a potential Game 6. Wednesday, 10:55 pm
    Player Note
    David Price Bos - SP,RP
    W, 10-2 vs NYY
  • Kimbrel gets six shaky outs in Boston's win
    Craig Kimbrel escaped with his first ever two-inning save Wednesday, giving up a run while getting six outs against the Astros.

    Advice: Kimbrel couldn't possibly have been any shakier. His first out came when Tony Kemp was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double to start the eighth. He went on to hit a batter and allow a run in the inning anyway. In the ninth, with David Price warming up behind him, he walked three to load the bases for Alex Bregman with two outs. Bregman then hit a hard liner to left on which Andrew Benintendi made a fantastic catch, giving the Red Sox an 8-6 win. Boston will take a 3-1 lead into Thursday's Game 5. Wednesday, 10:33 pm
  • Charlie Morton lifted in third inning
    Charlie Morton was lifted after allowing three runs in 2 1/3 innings Wednesday in his start against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Morton just hasn't been quite the same since August, and the little bit of decline in his stuff was enough to allow the Red Sox to do some damage against him tonight. He'll probably be available out of the pen if the series makes it back to Boston this weekend, but odds are that he won't be used again in the ALCS. Wednesday, 10:26 pm
  • Jackie Bradley Jr. homers again
    Jackie Bradley Jr. homered and reached four times from the ninth spot in the lineup Wednesday against the Astros.

    Advice: Bradley's two-run homer in the sixth gave the Red Sox a 5-4 lead. He has nine RBI in the series against Houston, even though he has just three hits. Dating back to last year, he has three homers and 14 RBI in eight postseason games against the Astros. Wednesday, 10:24 pm
  • David Price available to pitch in relief
    David Price will be available to pitch in relief in Wednesday's Game 4, manager Alex Cora said.

    Advice: Price could start Friday if he doesn't pitch tonight. It's possible he could pitch out of the pen for the rest of the series, depending on how things work out. Chris Sale appears likely to start Game 6, and Nathan Eovaldi, who has been more impressive than Price of late, would be available to work in Game 7 on normal rest. Wednesday, 3:19 pm
    Player Note
    David Price Bos - SP,RP
    W, 10-2 vs NYY
  • 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
    W, 10-2 vs NYY
  • Rafael Devers, Brock Holt return to lineup
    Rafael Devers and Brock Holt are in the starting lineup for Wednesday's Game 4 against the Astros.

    Advice: It seemed likely that they would be against right-hander Charlie Morton. As per usual, the Red Sox will start off with Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, J.D. Martinez and Xander Bogaerts. Devers gets the nod at third base and in the fifth spot, followed by Steve Pearce, Holt, Christian Vazquez and Jackie Bradley Jr. Wednesday, 1:37 pm
  • 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
    W, 10-2 vs NYY
  • JBJ slugs grand slam, Sox up 2-1 in ALCS
    Jackie Bradley Jr. belted a grand slam as the Red Sox beat the Astros 8-2 in Game 3 of the ALCS on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bradley's four-run shot in the top of the eighth inning off Roberto Osuna broke the game wide open for the Red Sox and helped put them up 2-1 in the best-of-seven series. JBJ was 1-for-17 with seven strikeouts in bases-loaded situations during the regular season, but he hit a go-ahead three-run double off Gerrit Cole in Game 2 of the ALCS on Sunday and the glove-first outfielder embarrassed Osuna and the host Astros on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park. Tuesday, 6:03 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
    W, 10-2 vs NYY
  • Verlander to start Game 5 of ALCS
    Justin Verlander will start Game 5 of the ALCS against the Red Sox on Thursday.

    Advice: As expected. Dallas Keuchel will start Game 3 on Tuesday while Charlie Morton is due to make his postseason debut in Game 4 on Wednesday. Verlander allowed two runs over six innings in a victory over the Red Sox back in Game 1. Tuesday, 10:32 am
  • Nunez over Devers at 3B for ALCS Game 3
    Rafael Devers is not in the starting lineup for Game 3 of the ALCS against the Astros on Tuesday.

    Advice: Not a surprise, even after a productive Game 2, as the Astros have lefty Dallas Keuchel on the mound. Eduardo Núńez will start at the hot corner while Christian Vázquez will catch Nathan Eovaldi. The full lineup for Boston: Mookie Betts RF, Andrew Benintendi LF, J.D. Martinez DH, Xander Bogaerts SS, Steve Pearce 1B, Núńez 3B, Ian Kinsler 2B, Vázquez C, Jackie Bradley Jr. CF, Tuesday, 10:18 am
  • Reds narrowing list of manager candidates
    John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Reds "have or will shortly narrow" their list of managerial candidates from 12 to about three or four.

    Advice: The Reds won't disclose the name of the finalists because some of their candidates are interviewing with other teams. However, Fay names former Red Sox manager John Farrell as the top internal candidate and Giants director of player development David Bell as the leading candidate from outside the organization. Jim Riggleman served as the interim manager after Bryan Price was fired, but he said Tuesday that he hasn't heard anything from the team since interviewing the day after the regular season ended. Tuesday, 10:06 am
    L, 6-5 vs Pit
  • 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
    W, 10-2 vs NYY
  • Travis Shaw at 2B, batting cleanup Monday
    Travis Shaw is starting at second base and batting cleanup for the Brewers in Monday's NLCS Game 3 versus the Dodgers.

    Advice: Shaw didn't start Game 1 against Clayton Kershaw but has been in the lineup for the next two contests. The Brewers' full lineup is as follows: Lorenzo Cain CF, Christian Yelich RF, Ryan Braun LF, Shaw 2B, Jesus Aguilar 1B, Mike Moustakas 3B, Erik Kratz C, Orlando Arcia SS, Jhoulys Chacin P. Monday, 1:07 pm
    New Player Note
    Travis Shaw Mil - 1B,2B,3B
    W, 11-0 vs Det
  • Marwin Gonzalez hopeful to play in Game 3
    Marwin Gonzalez is hopeful he'll be in the lineup for Game 3 of the ALCS against the Red Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gonzalez crashed into the left field wall while trying to make a catch in the bottom of the third inning, banging up his head and neck in the process. He received treatment and an IV, but was able to remain in the game. The hope is that he'll be ready to go following Monday's off-day. "I'm pretty sore, but nothing that will get me out of the field," said Gonzalez. "Let's see how I wake up tomorrow." Monday, 5:59 am
    New Player Note
    Marwin González Hou - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    L, 4-0 @Bal
  • Bradley plates three as Red Sox win Game 2
    Jackie Bradley delivered a go-ahead three-run double off of Gerrit Cole in the third inning on Sunday, propelling the Red Sox to a 7-5 victory over the Astros in Game 2 of the ALCS.

    Advice: The Red Sox entered the frame trailing 4-2, but things got interesting when Xander Bogaerts lined a one-out single into center and Steve Pearce followed with a double. Rafael Devers then drew a walk to load the bases. After Ian Kinsler struck out for the second out of the inning, Bradley sliced a double into the left field corner to clear the bases and put the Red Sox ahead to stay. They'll now head to Houston with the series knotted up at a game each. Sunday, 7:57 pm
  • Marwin Gonzalez hits two-run homer in loss
    Marwin Gonzalez blasted a two-run homer as the Astros fell to the Red Sox in Game 2 of the ALCS on Sunday night in Boston.

    Advice: Gonzalez crushed his go-ahead two-run shot off of Red Sox' starter David Price in the third inning, giving the Astros a 4-2 lead. He finished the night 1-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts and is now slashing .381/.435/.619 with seven RBI in the postseason. Sunday, 7:57 pm
    New Player Note
    Marwin González Hou - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    L, 4-0 @Bal
  • Rafael Devers reaches three times in Game 2
    Rafael Devers went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI as the Red Sox topped the Astros in Game 2 of the ALCS to even the series at a game apiece.

    Advice: Devers also drew a walk in the contest, reaching base safely in three of his four plate appearances. He lined an RBI single into left field in the first inning that increased the Red Sox' advantage to 2-0. With as good of a game as he had in every facet, and with Eduardo Nunez struggling defensively, manager Alex Cora should consider keeping Devers in the lineup for Game 3, even with left-hander Dallas Keuchel on the hill for the Astros. Sunday, 7:57 pm
  • Craig Kimbrel escapes ninth again with save
    Craig Kimbrel escaped the ninth inning again on Sunday, shutting down the Astros to earn his third save of the postseason.

    Advice: Kimbrel was shaky his last time out, allowing two runs in Game 4 of the ALDS against the Yankees, and made things interesting again on Sunday. He allowed a two-out double to George Springer and an RBI single to Jose Altuve, bringing Alex Bregman to the plate as the game's tying run. Kimbrel was able to bear down though, getting Bregman on a fly ball to end the ballgame. Sunday, 7:57 pm
  • Price one out shy of first postseason victory
    David Price came up one out shy of earning his first postseason victory on Sunday, surrendering four runs on five hits over his 4 2/3 innings of work.

    Advice: The left-hander walked four and struck out four in the ballgame. After the Red Sox had taken an early 2-0 lead, he gave up two runs in the second inning on a two-run single by George Springer. He then served up a two-run blast to Marwin Gonzalez in the third inning. Price was lifted with a 5-4 lead with two outs in the fifth inning after issuing his second walk of the inning and with Gonzalez strolling to the dish again. Despite the mediocre effort, he walked off the field to a standing ovation from the Fenway faithful. He's likely to get the ball again in a potential Game 6 should the series get that far. Sunday, 7:57 pm
    Player Note
    David Price Bos - SP,RP
    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. Sunday, 6:35 pm
    W, 10-2 vs NYY
  • Charlie Morton tabbed for Game 4 of ALCS
    Charlie Morton will start Game 4 of the ALCS against the Red Sox.

    Advice: The Astros will roll out veteran left-hander Dallas Keuchel in Game 3 after Gerrit Cole gets the ball in Game 2. Morton has yet to appear in a game this postseason, but is 2-2 with a 4.03 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in six career postseason appearances (five starts). Morton struggled in two starts against the Red Sox during the regular season, posting a 6.97 ERA and 1.84 WHIP in 10 1/3 innings. Sunday, 1:40 pm
  • Rafael Devers at 3B for Red Sox in Game 2
    Rafael Devers is starting at third base and batting sixth for the Red Sox in Sunday's ALCS Game 2 against the Astros.

    Advice: It's only Devers' second start of the postseason, as the Red Sox have mostly gone with Eduardo Nunez at third base. However, Nunez is just 2-for-14 so far at the plate in the playoff and was unable to make a key play in the field in Game 1. The Red Sox' full lineup looks like this: Mookie Betts RF, Andrew Benintendi LF, J.D. Martinez DH, Xander Bogaerts SS, Steve Pearce 1B, Devers 3B, Ian Kinsler 2B, Jackie Bradley Jr. CF, Christian Vázquez C. Sunday, 12:09 pm
  • Chris Sale struggles with command in Game 1
    Chris Sale struggled with his command in Game 1 of the ALCS against the Astros on Saturday, allowing two runs on one hit and four walks over his four innings of work.

    Advice: Even without his best stuff, Sale battled out there, registering four strikeouts over his four innings while throwing only 50 of his 86 pitches for strikes. All of the damage against him came in the second inning, where George Springer was able to sneak a two-run single under the glove of third baseman Eduardo Nunez that could have been ruled an error. When Sale missed his spots early in the game, he missed badly and also exhibited diminished velocity throughout the night. He'll attempt to figure things out before taking the hill again in a potential Game 5. Saturday, 9:15 pm
    W, 10-2 vs NYY
  • Verlander fans six in Game 1 win over Red Sox
    Justin Verlander earned his 13th career postseason victory on Saturday, limiting the Red Sox to two runs on two hits and four walks over his six innings of work.

    Advice: Verlander punched out six on the night. All of the trouble against him came during the fifth inning, where he inexplicably lost command of the strike zone. There, he allowed a leadoff single to Steve Pearce, then issued one-out walks to Eduardo Nunez and Jackie Bradley Jr. to load the bases. A third consecutive walk, this one to Mitch Moreland, forced in a run, then a second run dashed home on a wild pitch. Verlander is expected to get the ball again in Game 5 of the series, provided the Astros don't wind up sweeping the Red Sox. Saturday, 9:15 pm
  • Travis Shaw goes deep in Game 2 loss Saturday
    Travis Shaw clubbed a solo home run on Saturday, but it wasn't enough to lead the Brewers to victory over the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Shaw was held out of the starting lineup in Game 1 on Friday due to his struggles against left-handed pitching, but he was back in there on Saturday despite Hyun-Jin Ryu being on the hill for the Dodgers. Shaw had hit just two of his 32 home runs during the regular season off of left-handed pitching, but squared up a 91 mph fastball from Alex Wood in the sixth inning to extend the Brewers' lead to 3-0. Unfortunately, that would wind up being the extent of their offense, and the Dodgers would rally for four runs to tie the series up at a game apiece. Shaw finished the afternoon 1-for-4. Saturday, 4:46 pm
    New Player Note
    Travis Shaw Mil - 1B,2B,3B
    W, 11-0 vs Det
  • Shaw will start at second base in Game 2 Sat.
    Travis Shaw will take over at second base as the Brewers face off against Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Dodgers in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday.

    Advice: Hernan Perez started at the keystone in Friday's Game 1 victory but will watch from the dugout in this one. Eric Kratz draws the start behind the plate in place of Manny Pina. Wade Miley will toe the rubber as the Brewers' initial "out-getter" and will likely only go through the Dodger lineup one time if manager Craig Counsell continues with the game plan that has led to a 12-game winning streak. The full batting order is: CF Lorenzo Cain, RF Christian Yelich, LF Ryan Braun, 1B Jesus Aguilar, 3B Mike Moustakas, 2B Travis Shaw, C Erik Kratz, SS Orlando Arcia and P Wade Miley. Saturday, 10:22 am
    New Player Note
    Travis Shaw Mil - 1B,2B,3B
    W, 11-0 vs Det
  • David Freese will start at 1B in Game 1
    David Freese will start at first base against the Brewers on Friday in Game 1 of the NLDS.

    Advice: The Brewers are starting Gio Gonzalez on Thursday, so instead of power-hitting sensation Max Muncy, the Dodgers will start the right-handed hitting first baseman in the opener. Where exactly Freese will hit in the lineup is still a mystery that we likely won't know the answer to until Thursday. We likely will see Muncy featured at some point in Game 1 -- likely against a right-handed reliever -- and there's a chance he won't be in the lineup for Game 2 either, with the Brewers scheduled to start Wade Miley. Thursday, 6:07 pm
    W, 15-0 @SF
  • Price to start Game 2 against Cole in ALCS
    David Price will start Game 2 of the ALCS against the Astros on Sunday.

    Advice: He will be facing off against Gerrit Cole. There was some talk that Price could be pushed back after he struggled in Game 2 of the ALDS against the Yankees, but Red Sox manager Alex Cora will stick with the veteran southpaw -- possibly for an abbreviated outing. Nathan Eovaldi and Rick Porcello are lined up for ALCS Games 3 and 4, but they are both options to be used in long relief behind Price. Wednesday, 1:30 pm
    Player Note
    David Price Bos - SP,RP
    W, 10-2 vs NYY
  • Kimbrel shaky in ninth but earns Game 4 save
    Craig Kimbrel allowed two runs in the ninth inning but ultimately earned the save as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 4-3 in Game 4 of the ALDS on Tuesday.

    Advice: Kimbrel looked shaky throughout the frame, as he allowed a Didi Gregorius single and a Gary Sanchez run-scoring sac fly, issued two walks, and hit a batter with the bases loaded. But the hard-throwing closer struck out Giancarlo Stanton and eventually induced a replay-reviewed game-ending groundout from Gleyber Torres as the Red Sox advanced to a best-of-seven ALCS matchup against the Astros. Boston needs much better from Kimbrel next round. Tuesday, 8:55 pm
  • Sale works perfect eighth inning vs. Yankees
    Chris Sale pitched a perfect eighth inning Tuesday as the Red Sox defeated the Yankees in Game 4 of the ALDS.

    Advice: Red Sox manager Alex Cora told reporters before the game that he would only use Sale in relief in a "perfect situation," and that situation came up with Boston leading 4-1 in the bottom of the eighth and the Yankees' 8-9-1 hitters stepping to the plate. Sale needed just 13 total pitches to retire Gleyber Torres, Andrew McCutchen, and Aaron Hicks. The ace left-hander should be ready to rock for Game 1 of the ALCS on Saturday against the Astros. Tuesday, 8:43 pm
    W, 10-2 vs NYY
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