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  • Chase Utley 2B | LAD

    Dodgers' Chase Utley: Appeal hearing scheduled Oct. 19

    Chase Utley 's appeal hearing is scheduled for next Monday, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.

    Utley, who is appealing his two-game suspension following an illegal slide that broke Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada's leg, will be eligible to play for the entirety of the NLDS. However, with Mets' rookie left-hander Steven Matz set to take the mound in Game 4, Utley will likely serve as a pinch-hitter in the crucial matchup.

  • Javier Baez 2B | CHC

    Cubs' Javier Baez: Starting at shortstop in Game 4

    Javier Baez is starting at shortstop and hitting ninth in the order for Game 4 of the NLDS.

    Baez collected two hits in relief for Addison Russell during Game 3 after the starting shortstop exited the game following an injury to his ankle. With Russell still not cleared for action Tuesday, Baez will get the start at shortstop and bat ninth in the batting order. The 22-year-old has struggled against the Cardinals' Game 4 starter John Lackey -- in eight career at-bats against the veteran, Baez has not recorded a hit and has struck out four times.

  • Cubs' Addison Russell: Not in lineup for Game 4

    Addison Russell (ankle) is not in the lineup for Game 4 of the NLDS on Tuesday.

    After suffering an ankle injury Monday while sliding into third base, Russell will not start the potentially-clinching Game 4 matchup against the Cardinals. No information has been announced regarding the severity of the injury; however, with the rookie likely going through a battery of tests today, more clarity surrounding the injury will likely come soon.

  • Collin McHugh SP | HOU

    Astros' Collin McHugh: Will start Game 5

    Houston Astros pitcher Collin McHugh will start Game 5 of the American League Division Series in Kansas City on Wednesday.

    McHugh will be looking for his second win of the series after picking up the victory in Game 1. He is slated to square off against Johnny Cueto in the decisive battle.

  • Colby Rasmus LF | HOU

    Astros' Colby Rasmus: Stays hot with third homer of ALDS

    Houston Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus went 2 for 4 with a walk and home run his third of the American League Division Series - in a Monday loss to Kansas City.

    Rasmus victimized reliever Ryan Madson for the second time in the set with a solo shot to right field in the seventh inning. The 355-foot blast was his fourth home run of the 2015 playoffs. It's safe to assume the red-hot Rasmus will be in the starting lineup for the winner-take-all Game 5.

  • Cubs' Addison Russell: Undergoing tests Tuesday morning

    Joe Maddon said that Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell (ankle) will undergo tests Tuesday morning, reports

    Maddon added that the severity of the injury is still unclear, but Russell believes he'll only be day-to-day. If the rookie isn't ready for Game 4 against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, Javier Baez could join the starting lineup.

  • Astros' Lance McCullers: Lance McCullers: Pitches well in Houston's Game 4 ALDS loss

    Houston Astros pitcher Lance McCullers allowed two runs on two hits and two walks with seven strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings Monday during Game 4 of the American League Division Seriest Kansas City. He was in line for the win, but did not factor into the decision as the Royals tagged the bullpen for seven runs.

    The 22-year-old rookie displayed great poise in his first career playoff start. He surrendered a two-run homer to Salvador Perez in the second inning, but settled down thereafter, permitting only a single, walk and a hit batter before A.J. Hinch put the game in the hands of his relievers.

    Fresh off a remarkable rookie season and promising playoff debut, McCullers will certainly open 2016 with a spot in the starting rotation.

  • Jason Castro C | HOU

    Astros' Jason Castro: Jason Castro: Struggling offensively in 2015 playoffs

    Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro was hitless Monday in the Game 4 loss to Kansas City. He struck out in all three at-bats before Jed Lowrie replaced him as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the eighth inning.

    Through five playoff games, Castro is 1 for 14 (.071) with eight strikeouts, two walks and two RBI.

  • Carlos Correa SS | HOU

    Astros' Carlos Correa: Carlos Correa: Historic night not enough as Astros fall in Game 4 of ALDS

    Houston Astros rookie slugger Carlos Correa went 4 for 4 with a double, two home runs, four RBI and two runs in the American League Division Series defeat to Kansas City on Monday.

    The 21-year-old Correa became the youngest player in history to go 4 for 4 in the postseason. He also became the youngest ever in the American League to hit two home runs in a postseason game. Finally, he broke the record for most total bases in a postseason game by a shortstop with 11, surpassing Derek Jeter's 10 total bases in Game 1 of the 2006 ALDS.

    Correa was in no mood to celebrate his personal highlights, however, as he was already focused on the winner-take-all Game 5 on Wednesday. "There are no emotions," he said after the game. "We have to focus on the next game. We can't do anything by beating ourselves up right now. We have to focus on the next game and try to win it."

  • Chris Narveson RP | MIA

    Marlins pitcher Chris Narveson outrighted to Triple-A on Monday

    Marlins pitcher Chris Chris Narveson was outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans on Monday, Joe Frisaro of reports.

    The move was procedural in order to open a spot on the 40-man roster. Narveson's debut with the Miami Marlins was pushed back to August after suffering a left elbow sprain in spring training, but in 15 appearances, he managed a 4.45 ERA, 1.088 WHIP, and 32:9 K:BB in 30.1 innings.