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  • Rays release outfield prospect Moisés Gómez
    Rays released OF Moisés Gómez.

    Advice: Gómez struggled mightily at Double-A Montgomery this past season, slashing an abysmal .171/.256/.309 with eight home runs and five stolen bases across 301 plate appearances. The 23-year-old outfielder also struck out in just over 38 percent of those plate appearances as well. 18 minutes ago
  • Charlie Morton (leg) visits ankle specialist
    Charlie Morton (leg) traveled Wednesday to see ankle specialist Robert Anderson in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

    Advice: Morton, who sustained a fractured right fibula during Game 1 of the Fall Classic on Tuesday night, is expected to be ready to return for spring training. However, given the location of where he was struck in the lower right leg, the 37-year-old veteran right-hander is presumably getting his right ankle checked out as well for precautionary reasons. 25 minutes ago
    W, 5-0 vs NYM
  • Braves planning on bullpen games in World Series
    Braves manager Brian Snitker said Wednesday that he will go with a couple bullpen games in the remainder of the World Series to fill the void created by Charlie Morton's season-ending leg injury.

    Advice: Snitker added that the Braves have multiple pitchers who have been stretched out as starters that could piggyback with an opener to cover several innings moving forward. Veteran southpaw Drew Smyly and lefty Tucker Davidson, who was added the the Braves' roster as a replacement for Morton, fit the bill as potential innings-eaters as the World Series progresses. Today, 2:20 pm
  • Friedman offers no update on Trevor Bauer status
    Dodgers president Andrew Friedman declined to elaborate Wednesday when asked if Trevor Bauer will ever pitch again for the organization.

    Advice: Bauer has been on administrative leave since early July following allegations of sexual assault, and the MLB commissioner's office is still conducting its own investigation into the matter. "That’s being handled by the league office," said Friedman after being probed for an update on Bauer's status with the Dodgers. "As soon as something is decided, we will talk through it with you guys. As of now, no timetable." Today, 1:59 pm
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
  • Braves release right-hander Edgar Santana
    Braves released RHP Edgar Santana.

    Advice: Santana was placed on the injured list just before the final weekend of the regular season due to a right intercostal strain. Now he's off the Braves' roster completely after the club needed to clear a 40-man roster spot to activate lefty Tucker Davidson from the 60-day injured list. The 30-year-old righty posted a respectable 3.59 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 33/12 K/BB ratio over 42 2/3 innings of relief this season. Today, 1:53 pm
    W, 5-0 vs NYM
  • Eddie Rosario at leadoff for Braves in Game 2
    Eddie Rosario is at leadoff for the Braves in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday versus the Astros.

    Advice: Jorge Soler served as the leadoff man in Game 1 on Tuesday and became the first player ever to hit a home run in the opening plate appearance of a Fall Classic, but he will hit fifth Wednesday versus Astros right-hander Jose Urquidy. The full Game 2 lineup for the Braves, who are up 1-0 in the best-of-seven series: Eddie Rosario LF, Freddie Freeman 1B, Ozzie Albies 2B, Austin Riley 3B, Jorge Soler DH, Joc Pederson RF, Adam Duvall CF, Travis d'Arnaud C, Dansby Swanson SS. Max Fried is the starting pitcher. Today, 1:31 pm
    W, 5-0 vs NYM
  • Jose Siri in center field for Astros in Game 2
    Jose Siri is starting in center field and batting eighth in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night against the Braves.

    Advice: Chas McCormick is on the bench in the only change to manager Dusty Baker's lineup from Game 1. The full World Series Game 2 order for the host Astros: Jose Altuve 2B, Michael Brantley LF, Alex Bregman 3B, Yordan Alvarez DH, Carlos Correa SS, Kyle Tucker RF, Yuli Gurriel 1B, Jose Siri CF, Martin Maldonado C. Jose Urquidy will be on the bump for Houston opposite Atlanta left-hander Max Fried. Today, 12:48 pm
    W, 7-6 vs Oak
  • Mariners outright Jake Bauers to AAA Tacoma
    Mariners sent 1B/OF Jake Bauers outright to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Bauers was pushed off the 40-man roster earlier this week and ultimately passed through waivers unclaimed. The 26-year-old former top-100 prospect batted just .209/.290/.277 with four home runs and 78 strikeouts in 115 games (315 plate appearances) this past season between Cleveland and Seattle. He can elect to become a free agent and will probably do so. Today, 12:23 pm
    L, 3-7 vs LAA
  • Roof open at Minute Maid Park for WS Game 2
    The roof will be open at Minute Maid Park for Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was closed for Game 1 on Tuesday as the visiting Braves cruised to a 6-2 victory. The forecast calls for around 10-13 mph winds blowing in from left field on Wednesday night, though the open air does tend to swirl inside Minute Maid. Jose Urquidy will be on the mound for Houston with Max Fried set to go for Atlanta. Today, 12:18 pm
    W, 7-6 vs Oak
  • Tucker Davidson replaces Morton on ATL roster
    Tucker Davidson has replaced Charlie Morton (leg) on the Braves' World Series roster.

    Advice: Morton suffered a fractured right fibula in the second inning of his World Series Game 1 start on Tuesday night against the Astros, but he somehow managed to pitch into the top of the third and the Braves ultimately won 6-2. Davidson will serve as yet another left-handed option for manager Brian Snitker. The 25-year-old holds a 4.15 ERA and 20/12 K/BB ratio in 21 2/3 innings (five starts) at the major league level. He last appeared in a game for Atlanta on June 15 due to a forearm strain that is now healed. Today, 11:41 am
  • Marlins agree to extension with SS Miguel Rojas
    Craig Mish of SportsGrid reports that the Marlins are nearing a contract extension with Miguel Rojas.

    Advice: Mish hears that it will be a two-year deal worth approximately $10 million in total guaranteed cash, and Jon Heyman of MLB Network confirms that an agreement of that nature is in place. Expect an official announcement within the next 24 hours. Rojas carried a $5.5 million option for 2022 that vested this past September, so the numbers do add up. The 32-year-old shortstop slashed .265/.322/.392 with nine home runs and 13 stolen bases over 132 games for Miami in 2021 while playing his usual brand of high-caliber defense. Today, 7:56 am
    W, 5-4 vs Phi
  • Nelson Cruz wins 2021 Roberto Clemente Award
    Nelson Cruz was named the 2021 recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award.

    Advice: The prestigious honor is awarded annually to the Major League Baseball player who "best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, and community involvement." Cruz is being recognized here for his humanitarian efforts in the Dominican Republic during the COVID-19 pandemic and his many other ongoing charitable endeavors in his native country and throughout the United States. The veteran slugger also received the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award in 2020. Major props to the Boomstick. Today, 7:23 am
    L, 0-1 @NYY
  • Luke Bard elects to become a free agent
    Luke Bard has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Bard has refused an outright assignment and will search for a new organization this offseason. The 30-year-old righty made just six relief appearances with the Angels during the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign and wound up missing the entire 2021 season while recovering from hip surgery. Today, 6:02 am
    W, 7-3 @Sea
  • Franklin Barreto elects to become free agent
    Franklin Barreto has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Barreto went unclaimed on waivers, and has refused an outright minor-league assignment, which means he will test the free agent waters this offseason. The 25-year-old infielder, who was the centerpiece of the Josh Donaldson trade back in 2014, has bounced around between the Athletics and Angels over the last few years. He missed the entire 2021 campaign after undergoing Tommy John surgery back in May. Today, 6:00 am
  • A.J. Minter terrific in relief of Morton
    Coming on to relieve an injured Charlie Morton, A.J. Minter threw a career-high 43 pitches Tuesday while limiting the Astros to one run in 2 2/3 frames, getting credited with a win in the Braves' 6-2 Game 1 World Series victory.

    Advice: Minter's previous career high of 42 pitches came in Game 5 of last year's NLCS when he struck out seven of the 10 batters he faced over three scoreless innings. This outing wasn't as dominant, but Minter was awfully good in helping to save the bullpen. The one run charged to the left-hander potentially wouldn't have scored had Dansby Swanson been able to turn a double play instead of make an error. Minter obviously won't be available for Game 2, but he should be ready for Game 3 after a couple days of rest. Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • Framber Valdez records just six outs Tuesday
    Framber Valdez was rocked for five runs over just two-plus innings Tuesday, taking a loss in Game 1 of the World Series versus the Braves.

    Advice: Valdez was on point in his last start in Game 5 of the ALCS, but he didn't have it at all in this one. Jorge Soler started the game off with a laser into the Crawford Boxes, and Adam Duvall bookended Valdez's outing by hitting it to almost the same spot for a two-run shot. In between, Valdez yielded an additional six hits and a walk. Things could have been much worse, as the left-handed did manage to strand the bases loaded in the second inning by striking out Austin Riley. Valdez threw only 52 pitches, so he would figure to be available to start Game 4 on short rest if that's the route manager Dusty Baker wants to take. Yesterday, 9:36 pm
  • Morton suffers fractured fibula in WS Game 1 start
    Charlie Morton has been diagnosed with a fractured right fibula.

    Advice: Awful news for Atlanta. Morton suffered the injury in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night in Houston when he got struck by a comebacker to lead off the bottom of the second inning. Presumably pitching on adrenaline, he wasn't lifted until he finished off a strikeout of Jose Altuve to begin the bottom of the third. The veteran starter will obviously miss the remainder of the Fall Classic, though the Braves are already saying that he should be ready for the opening of spring training in 2022. Yesterday, 7:17 pm
    W, 5-0 vs NYM
  • Morton leaves WS Game 1 start with ankle injury
    Charlie Morton exited his World Series Game 1 start Tuesday against the Astros due to a right ankle injury.

    Advice: Morton took a comebacker off his lower right leg in the bottom of the second inning and then appeared to feel increased pain from that area while delivering a strikeout pitch to Jose Altuve in the bottom of the third, prompting the early departure. The veteran right-hander threw 2 1/3 scoreless frames on 44 pitches before heading off with the Braves up 5-0. A.J. Minter entered. Yesterday, 6:36 pm
    W, 5-0 vs NYM
  • Astros name José Urquidy as Game 2 WS starter
    José Urquidy will start Game 2 of the World Series against the Braves on Wednesday. 

    Advice: He'll be opposed by left-hander Max Fried. It's a bit surprising that Luis García isn't getting the nod, but apparently the Astros want to give him some extra rest. Urquidy yielded six runs -- five earned -- over 1 2/3 innings in his Game 3 start against the Red Sox during the ALCS. Yesterday, 10:34 am
    W, 7-6 vs Oak
  • Snitker says Rosario likely to stay at leadoff
    Braves manager Brian Snitker said Monday that while he hasn't made a final decision, there's a "good chance" Eddie Rosario will remain in the leadoff spot even with Jorge Soler back in action.

    Advice: It's especially noteworthy for Game 1, as it would be defensible for Soler to hit leadoff against lefty Framber Valdez while Rosario moves down lower in the order. However, it sounds like Snitker is leaning toward keeping the left-handed hitting Rosario where he is even versus a southpaw with as hot as his bat is. Monday, 6:23 pm
    W, 5-0 vs NYM
  • Charlie Morton will start Game 1 of World Series
    Braves manager Brian Snitker confirmed Sunday that Charlie Morton will start Game 1 of the World Series against the Astros on Tuesday evening in Houston.

    Advice: Morton is winless in three starts this postseason, compiling a 3.77 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 19/8 K/BB ratio across 14 1/3 innings. He has given up exactly two runs in each of his three starts, though he really struggled with his command the last time out -- issuing six free passes in 4 1/3 innings during Game 3 of the NLCS. He'll oppose Astros southpaw Framber Valdez on baseball's biggest stage. Sunday, 3:59 pm
    W, 5-0 vs NYM
  • Framber Valdez to start Game 1 of World Series
    Framber Valdez will start Game 1 of the World Series for the Astros on Tuesday against the Atlanta Braves.

    Advice: The 27-year-old tossed eight strong innings of one-run ball during Game 5 of the ALCS against the Red Sox. Valdez allowed just two hits and gave the Houston bullpen a much-needed rest after the rest of the pitching staff was unable to go deep into games early in the series. The southpaw is not your prototypical ace in regards to dominance but his groundball tendencies and changeup are enough to go toe to toe in a matchup with anyone. Sunday, 10:38 am
  • Eddie Rosario named MVP of NL Championship Series
    Braves outfielder Eddie Rosario was named the MVP of the National League Championship Series.

    Advice: While Tyler Matzek was outstanding as well, this doesn't come as any sort of surprise as Rosario was other-worldly during the series. He finished the series 14-for-25 (.560), tying the record for most hits ever by a player in a single postseason series. He also had three home runs, nine RBI and a stolen base -- including the critical go-ahead three-run blast in the decisive Game 6 on Saturday. He's going to be an incredibly hot commodity on the free agent market this winter after this heroic October performance. Saturday, 9:02 pm
    W, 5-0 vs NYM
  • Eddie Rosario powers Braves to World Series berth
    Eddie Rosario blasted a go-ahead three-run homer off of Walker Buehler in the fourth inning on Saturday, powering the Braves to a 4-2 victory over the Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS and to their first World Series berth since 1999.

    Advice: Rosario led off the game with a single, but was quickly erased on a double play. He then strode to the dish with two runners in scoring position and two outs in the fourth inning, where he fouled off three tough two-strike offerings from Buehler before tucking his 361-foot blast just inside the foul pole in right field. With the two-hit effort, Rosario finished with 14 hits in the NLCS -- tied for the most ever by a player in a single postseason series. He also drew a walk in the sixth inning. The likely NLCS MVP is slashing a monstrous .474/.524/.789 with three homers and 11 RBI on the postseason. Saturday, 8:47 pm
    W, 5-0 vs NYM
  • Eddie Rosario leading off Braves' Game 6 lineup
    Eddie Rosario is starting in left field and leading off on Saturday night in Game 6 of the NLCS against the Dodgers.

    Advice: With another chance to punch their ticket to the World Series, the Braves will roll with the same lineup for the second consecutive contest in a critical Game 6 showdown against hard-throwing righty Walker Buehler at Truist Park in Atlanta. Here's the full lineup: Eddie Rosario LF, Freddie Freeman 1B, Ozzie Albies 2B, Austin Riley 3B, Adam Duvall CF, Joc Pederson RF, Dansby Swanson SS, Travis d'Arnaud C and Ian Anderson P. Saturday, 12:18 pm
    W, 5-0 vs NYM
  • 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. Friday, 9:43 am
  • Luke Bard outrighted to Triple-A
    Angels sent RHP Luke Bard outright to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Bard had hip surgery back in April and missed the entire season. He's now off the 40-man roster. Friday, 9:41 am
    W, 7-3 @Sea
  • Eddie Rosario leading off Game 5 against Dodgers
    Eddie Rosario is leading off and playing left field against the Dodgers on Thursday in Game 5 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Rosario was sensational in Game 4; picking up two homers and a triple while helping the Braves to a victory. Jorge Soler is active and available for Thursday's game, but he'll begin the contest on the bench. The full lineup for the Braves: Rosario LF, Ozzie Albies 2B, Freddie Freeman 1B, Austin Riley 3B, Adam Duvall CF, Joc Pederson RF, Dansby Swanson SS, Travis d'Arnaud C and Max Fried hitting ninth and pitching. Thursday, 2:18 pm
    W, 5-0 vs NYM
  • Rosario homers twice as Braves take 3-1 advantage
    Eddie Rosario homered twice, tripled and drove in four runs while going 4-for-5 in a 9-2 victory for the Braves on Wednesday over the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS. 

    Advice: Rosario came just a double away from hitting the cycle, but he probably wouldn't trade his second homer for it. The 30-year-old has been blistering the baseball in the postseason, and he hit one of three homers off an ineffective Julio Urias in the second inning. The second roundtripper was a three-run shot that turned a 6-2 game into a blowout at 9-2. For the second straight year, the Braves have a 3-1 lead in the NLCS over the Dodgers, and can clinch their first trip to the World Series since 1999 with a win on Thursday. Wednesday, 8:36 pm
    W, 5-0 vs NYM
  • Valdez goes eight strong, Astros take 3-2 lead
    Framber Valdez went eight innings while allowing just a run on Wednesday to help the Astros to a 9-1 rout of the Red Sox in Game 5 of the ALCS.

    Advice: A starter going eight innings? In this economy? Valdez, 27, was outstanding; throwing six scoreless innings before allowing a solo shot to Rafael Devers in the seventh. The left-hander gave up just two other hits in the contest, and he walked just one with five strikeouts. Valdez doesn't have dominant stuff, but when he commands his sinker like he did on Wednesday, he can give lineups fits. His strong outing -- and plenty of offensive help -- have the Astros one win away from yet another trip to the Fall Classic. Wednesday, 5:43 pm
  • Framber Valdez to start ALCS Game 5 vs. BOS
    Framber Valdez will start for the Astros in Game 5 of the ALCS on Wednesday versus the Red Sox.

    Advice: Valdez was said to be available in relief in Game 4 on Tuesday, but the Astros were able to steer away from him as they earned a 9-2 victory in Boston to knot the best-of-seven American League Championship Series at two games apiece. The 27-year-old left-hander lasted just 2 2/3 innings in his ALCS Game 1 start last Friday in Houston. He'll be matched up against Chris Sale in Game 5 at Fenway Park. Tuesday, 9:34 pm
  • Morton overcomes wildness but gets no-decision
    Charlie Morton walked six but managed to limit the Dodgers to two runs over five innings Tuesday, taking a no-decision in the Braves' loss.

    Advice: Pitching on extra rest after starting Game 4 of the NLDS on short rest, Morton looked like he might not make it out of the first inning. A walk and then a Corey Seager home run started off the frame, and after retiring the next two batters Morton walked three straight to load the bases. He was able to get Chris Taylor to hit a soft liner to end the inning after 34 pitches. Morton issued a couple more walks but overall got stronger as the day went along, with his last two innings being his best two. The 37-year-old needed 96 pitches to navigate through his five frames and manager Brian Snitker decided that was enough. A.J. Minter and Tyler Matzek did their jobs after Morton, but it wasn't Luke Jackson's day as the Braves lost a late lead. Morton is set up to start Game 7 if there is one. Tuesday, 7:02 pm
    W, 5-0 vs NYM
  • Valdez, Garcia available out of bullpen in Gm 4
    Framber Valdez and Luis Garcia are both available out of the Astros' bullpen in ALCS Game 4 on Tuesday, per manager Dusty Baker.

    Advice: There's no word yet as to who is lined up to handle Game 5 against the Red Sox on Wednesday, though Valdez would be the obvious choice if he's not needed in Game 4. Houston, down 2-1 in the best-of-seven series, will go with an all-hands-on-deck approach behind starter Zack Greinke on Tuesday night at Fenway Park. Tuesday, 2:34 pm
  • José Urquidy pulled in second versus Boston
    José Urquidy lasted just 1 2/3 innings and gave up six runs -- five earned -- to take a loss in Monday's Game 3.

    Advice: This was a disaster for Houston, not that it was all Urquidy's fault. He might have gotten out of the second with only one-run scoring, but Jose Altuve couldn't handle a high hop on a grounder up the middle and got no outs on what looked like a double-play opportunity. Urquidy then gave up a grand slam to the next batter he faced, Kyle Schwarber. Because of the early exit, the Astros had to dig deep into their bullpen tonight, using five relievers, and they just don't know what they're going to get from their starters the next two days. Monday, 8:31 pm
    W, 7-6 vs Oak
  • Jose Siri starting in CF in ALCS Game 3 vs. BOS
    Jose Siri is starting in center field in Game 3 of the ALCS against the Red Sox on Monday. 

    Advice: Chas McCormick started in center field in the first two games of the series with Jake Meyers (shoulder) sidelined, but Siri will get the nod against southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez. The 26-year-old rookie will hit eighth in the Astros' lineup. The full lineup for Houston: Jose Altuve 2B, Michael Brantley LF, Alex Bregman 3B, Yordan Alvarez DH, Carlos Correa SS, Kyle Tucker RF, Yuli Gurriel 1B, Siri CF Martin Maldonado C. Jose Urquidy will start for the Astros. Oct 18, 1:11 pm
    W, 7-6 vs Oak
  • Eddie Rosario delivers walk-off RBI in Game 2 win
    Eddie Rosario went 4-for-5 and delivered a walk-off RBI single off of Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning on Sunday night, leading the Braves to a 5-4 victory over the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Rosario singled and was stranded in the third and fourth innings. In the eighth inning, he had a leadoff knock off of Julio Urias, advanced to second on a fly ball and then scored on an RBI single by Ozzie Albies. He came through in the clutch in the ninth though, smacking a two-out RBI single off of Corey Seager's glove and into center to bring Dansby Swanson home with the winning run. With the four-hit effort, Rosario is now hitting an impressive .409/.435/.409 with three RBI and a stolen base through six games this postseason. Oct 17, 8:49 pm
    W, 5-0 vs NYM
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