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  • Sabathia goes six scoreless in Yankees’ win
    CC Sabathia came up big for the Yankees on Monday, spinning six shutout frames in an 8-1 ALCS Game 3 victory over the Astros.

    Advice: Sabathia struck out nine while yielding just two runs over 4 1/3 innings in the Yanks’ ALDS Game 5 clincher over the Indians, but he gave the Bombers an even bigger boost in this one. The left-hander walked four batters, but he struck out five and yielded a mere three hits on the night, with none of them going for extra bases. It’s the first time since Pedro Martinez in 2009 that a pitcher 37 years or older went at least six shutout innings in a postseason start. Sabathia would be in line to start Game 7 for the Yankees, should the series get there. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Morton chased early in unlucky outing
    Charlie Morton lasted just 3 2/3 innings and was charged with seven runs in Monday’s loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: Morton deserved a much better fate in this one. In the second inning, the Yankees got a two-out infield single and a bloop single ahead of a one-handed, three-run homer from Todd Frazier that just cleared the short wall in right field. In the fourth, Cameron Maybin misplayed a ball into a double and the Yanks cashed in a run on a 15-hopper that barely left the infield. Morton was pulled after hitting the next batter to load the bases and then watched three more runs get charged to his ledger after Will Harris threw a wild pitch and served up a three-run homer. It’s unfortunate that Morton wound up with an ugly line in a playoff start where he actually pitched pretty well. Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Aaron Judge swats three-run homer for Yanks
    Aaron Judge clubbed a three-run homer in the Yankees' ALCS Game 3 victory over the Astros on Monday.

    Advice: Judge entered the night hitting just .129/.270/.258 with 19 strikeouts this postseason and he hadn't gone deep since the Wild Card Game versus the Twins. He struck out on three pitches in his first plate appearance, but he walked in the third inning and in the fourth turned around a Will Harris fastball, lining it just over the left-field wall. Judge also had a pair of nice defensive plays, including one where he made a jumping catch before slamming into the outfield wall. Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Todd Frazier goes deep in Yankees' win
    Todd Frazier belted a three-run home run and scored a pair of runs in Monday's win over the Astros.

    Advice: Frazier basically just flicked his wrists and one-handed a ball just over the right-field wall for a three-run shot in the second inning off of Charlie Morton. It wouldn't have been a home run at any park other than Yankee Stadium, but we doubt Frazier cares. It's Frazier's first longball of the postseason, although he did have an RBI double in Game 2 of the ALCS. Yesterday, 8:58 pm
  • Steve Hathaway outrighted to Triple-A
    Diamondbacks activated LHP Steve Hathaway from the 60-day disabled list; sent him outright to Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: Hathaway had surgery in June to repair fraying in his rotator cuff and labrum, which no doubt allowed him to pass through waivers unclaimed. He's now off the 40-man roster. Yesterday, 8:53 pm
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  • Lance McCullers to start Game 4 for Astros
    Lance McCullers will start for the Astros in Game 4 of the ALCS against the Yankees on Tuesday.

    Advice: McCullers gets the call over Brad Peacock, who struggled in his ALDS outing versus the Red Sox. Of course, McCullers has struggled himself for a while now, posting an 8.53 ERA over his final seven starts of the season. That said, he obviously has the stuff to go out and shut the Yankees down if he's on, and manager A.J. Hinch has decided to bet on the upside. Yesterday, 8:50 pm
  • Marwin Gonzalez goes hitless again Monday
    Marwin Gonzalez went 0-for-3 at the plate Monday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Gonzalez did walk and score the Astros' only run in the ninth inning. However, he's now hitless in the first three games of the ALCS. It's hard to believe he'll get benched even for a game, though, given the season he had for the 'Stros. Yesterday, 8:43 pm
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    Marwin González Hou - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Severino (shoulder, wrist) in line for Game 6
    Luis Severino was not sent for further testing and is in line to start a potential Game 6 of the ALCS.

    Advice: Yankees manager Joe Girardi mentioned that he had some concern about Severino's right shoulder when he abruptly lifted the pitcher from his Game 2 start after just four innings. The pitcher was also hit on the left wrist by a comebacker in the game. However, Severino said after the contest that he was fine and it appears there's nothing to worry about injury-wise here. Yesterday, 1:44 pm
  • Maybin starting in LF for Astros in Game 3
    Cameron Maybin is starting in left field and batting ninth for the Astros in Monday's ALCS Game 3 versus the Yankees.

    Advice: It will be the first start this postseason for Maybin, who will push Marwin Gonzalez to first base and Yulieski Gurriel to the designated hitter spot. Evan Gattis is getting a start at catcher, while Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran are on the bench against left CC Sabathia. The Astros' full lineup looks like this: George Springer CF, Alex Bregman 3B, Jose Altuve 2B, Carlos Correa SS, Gurriel DH, Gattis C, Gonzalez 1B, Josh Reddick RF, Maybin LF. Yesterday, 1:38 pm
  • Headley again in the DH spot for ALCS Game 3
    Chase Headley will serve as the designated hitter for Game 3 of the ALCS against the Astros on Monday.

    Advice: Headley went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Game 2, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi isn't making any changes with his lineup. The DH spot has been problematic for New York this postseason, but it would be less of a concern if their big bats were hitting. The full lineup for the Yankees against Charlie Morton: Brett Gardner LF, Aaron Judge RF, Didi Gregorius SS, Gary Sanchez C, Greg Bird 1B, Starlin Castro 2B, Aaron Hicks CF, Todd Frazier 3B, Headley DH. CC Sabathia will try to come up big with the Yankees down 0-2 in the series. Yesterday, 12:51 pm
  • Corey Seager (back) won't travel with Dodgers
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Monday that Corey Seager (back) won't travel with the team to Chicago.

    Advice: Seager was left off the Dodgers' roster for the NLCS, but Roberts said he's feeling "continuing improvement" in his back. The star shortstop hasn't done any real baseball activities since receiving the epidural in his back, but he still has a chance to be active if the Dodgers advance to the World Series. Yesterday, 12:18 pm
  • Reds will keep in touch with SS Cozart
    Reds president of baseball operations and general manager Dick Williams told C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he plans to keep in touch with impending free agent Zack Cozart to "see if there’s something that can be worked out there."

    Advice: It's going to cost them, as Cozart is coming off a career-year where he batted .297/.385/.548 with 24 homers and 63 RBI over 122 games. The 32-year-old also played his usual strong defense at shortstop. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported late last week that the club was still mulling over whether to make him a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer. If Cozart was to sign elsewhere, Williams indicated that Jose Peraza would be the "primary candidate" to replace him at shortstop. Yesterday, 11:45 am
  • Angels outright LHP Gurka to Triple-A
    Angels sent LHP Jason Gurka outright to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Gurka cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week. The southpaw made three appearances with the Angels down the stretch and posted a 3.20 ERA over 43 relief appearances at the Triple-A level (between the Angels and Yankees) this season. He'll stick around as bullpen depth. Yesterday, 11:33 am
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  • Maddon was saving Wade Davis for save spot
    Cubs' manager Joe Maddon said after Sunday's loss that he was saving closer Wade Davis for a save situation.

    Advice: "I really needed him for the save tonight. He had limited pitches," Maddon quipped when asked by reporters after the game. Instead of turning to Davis, he went with Brian Duensing and then John Lackey to get through the ninth inning, a decision that ended in Justin Turner clubbing a walk-off three-run homer. Sunday, 9:15 pm
  • Justin Turner downs Cubs with walkoff homer
    Justin Turner played the role of hero on Sunday night, clubbing a walk-off three-run homer in the ninth inning, powering the Dodgers to a 4-1 victory over the Cubs and a commanding 2-0 lead in the NLCS.

    Advice: Turner first got the Dodgers on the board in the fifth inning, with a two-out RBI single that plated Charlie Culberson to tie the game at 1-1. He then strode to the place with two men on and one out in the ninth inning, taking on veteran right-hander John Lackey with a chance to be a hero. After taking the first pitch for a ball, Turner crushed a missile to center field that carried the wall for the game-winning blast. He's been on fire this postseason, slashing .429/.500/.714 with a pair of homers and 10 RBI. Sunday, 8:18 pm
  • Cody Bellinger reaches three times in victory
    Cody Bellinger went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk as the Dodgers beat the Cubs to take a commanding 2-0 series lead in the NLCS on Sunday.

    Advice: As a club, the Dodgers tallied just five hits in the contest, with Bellinger and Justin Turner collecting two apiece. The rookie first baseman played a major role in carrying the club's offense through the regular season and is slashing a healthy .286/.348/.476 in the playoffs. Sunday, 8:14 pm
  • Addison Russell goes deep in loss to Dodgers
    Addison Russell clubbed a solo home run on Sunday as the Cubs fell to the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Russell's solo shot off of Rich Hill got the Cubs on the board in the fifth inning, but would wind up being their only offense in the contest. Russell finished the night 1-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts. He's hitting .208/.269/.417 with a homer and five RBI in the postseason. Sunday, 8:08 pm
  • Jon Lester get get through five in Game 2
    Jon Lester couldn't make it through five innings in a no-decision against the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday night.

    Advice: Lester struggled with his command throughout the night, issuing five free passes while punching out two. He allowed one run on three hits over his 4 2/3 innings of work, throwing 103 pitches and departing with a pair of men on in the fifth. Justin Turner's RBI single in the fifth provided the damage against him. Lester would presumably start again in Game 6 should the series last that long. Sunday, 8:06 pm
  • Adrian Gonzalez not traveling with Dodgers
    Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts said Sunday that Adrian Gonzalez (back) is not traveling with the Dodgers this postseason.

    Advice: The veteran first baseman is sidelined with a back injury, but rather than experiencing the postseason with his teammates, Gonzalez is at home with his family, resting and preparing for spring training. Sunday, 3:12 pm
  • Jake Marisnick (thumb) begins throwing
    Jake Marisnick (thumb) played catch for the first time on Sunday since undergoing surgery to repair his fractured right thumb.

    Advice: Marisnick is working hard to get ready to return as soon as possible, in case he's called upon to be a defensive specialist or pinch runner on the World Series roster should the Astros advance past the Yankees. Sunday, 2:51 pm
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