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    • Grayson Greiner DET C
      Tigers' Grayson Greiner: Injures wrist during winter ball
      3h ago

      Greiner injured his wrist playing in the Dominican Winter League, Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports.

      Greiner apparently injured his wrist during batting practice, prompting Leones del Escogido to replace him on their roster with Austin Bossart. Specifics regarding the issue remain unclear at the moment, as does a potential timetable for his return.

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    • Cody Bellinger LAD 1B
      Dodgers' Cody Bellinger: Situated on bench for Game 4
      3h ago

      Bellinger is not in the lineup for Game 4 of the NLCS against the Brewers on Tuesday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

      As per usual, Bellinger will sit with a left-hander in Gio Gonzalez toeing the rubber for the Brewers. The youngster is just 1-for-10 with an RBI through the first three games of the series. Enrique Hernandez will start in center field and hit sixth in his place Tuesday.

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    • Max Muncy LAD 1B
      Dodgers' Max Muncy: Hits bench for Game 4
      3h ago

      Muncy is not in the lineup for Game 4 of the NLCS against the Brewers on Tuesday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

      As has been the case all postseason, Muncy will give way to David Freese at first base with a southpaw (Gio Gonzalez) starting for the Brewers. Muncy is 1-for-6 with two walks and two runs scored through the first three games of the series.

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    • Joc Pederson LAD LF
      Dodgers' Joc Pederson: Hits bench against lefty in Game 4
      3h ago

      Pederson is not in the lineup for Game 4 of the NLCS against the Brewers on Tuesday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

      As per usual, Pederson will retreat to the bench with a lefty in Gio Gonzalez starting for the opposition. Chris Taylor will start in left field and hit leadoff in place of Pederson, who is 2-for-6 with a walk and two runs scored through the first two games of the series.

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    • Erik Kratz MIL C
      Brewers' Erik Kratz: Takes seat for Game 4
      3h ago

      Kratz is not in the lineup for Game 4 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

      Kratz will once again give way to Manny Pina behind the dish with Gio Gonzalez lined up to pitch for the Brewers. The backstop has appeared in all three games this series, going 1-for-7 with a walk and a run scored.

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    • Travis Shaw MIL 3B
      Brewers' Travis Shaw: Hits bench for Game 4
      3h ago

      Shaw is not in the lineup for Game 4 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

      Shaw will hit the bench for Game 4 with a lefty in Rich Hill toeing the rubber for the Dodgers. Jonathan Schoop will man second base and hit sixth in his place. Through the first three games of the series, Shaw is 3-for-10 with an RBI and two runs scored.

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    • Grayson Greiner DET C
      Tigers' Grayson Greiner: Injures wrist during winter ball
      3h ago

      Greiner injured his wrist playing in the Dominican Winter League, Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports.

      Greiner apparently injured his wrist during batting practice, prompting Leones del Escogido to replace him on their roster with Austin Bossart. Specifics regarding the issue remain unclear at the moment, as does a potential timetable for his return.

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    • Erik Kratz MIL C
      Brewers' Erik Kratz: Takes seat for Game 4
      3h ago

      Kratz is not in the lineup for Game 4 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

      Kratz will once again give way to Manny Pina behind the dish with Gio Gonzalez lined up to pitch for the Brewers. The backstop has appeared in all three games this series, going 1-for-7 with a walk and a run scored.

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    • Sandy Leon BOS C
      Red Sox's Sandy Leon: Hits bench for Game 3
      7h ago

      Leon is not in the lineup for Game 3 of the ALCS against the Astros on Tuesday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

      Leon will hit the bench after going hitless in his only at-bat during the first two games of the series. Christian Vazquez is starting behind the dish and hitting eighth in his place.

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    • Martin Maldonado HOU C
      Astros' Martin Maldonado: On bench for Game 3 of ALCS
      7h ago

      Maldonado is not in the lineup for Game 3 of the ALCS against the Red Sox on Tuesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

      Maldonado will hit the bench after going 1-for-6 with a pair of runs and a pair of strikeouts in the first two games of the series. Brian McCann will start behind the dish and hit eighth in his stead.

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    • Yasmani Grandal LAD C
      Dodgers' Yasmani Grandal: Won't start Tuesday
      21h ago

      Grandal won't be in the starting lineup for Game 4 of the NLCS against the Brewers on Tuesday, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.

      Grandal has had a miserable NLCS thus far, from committing costly errors in Game 1 to striking out in a key spot with the bases loaded in the ninth of Game 3. He's gone 3-for-22 with a double and a solo home run through seven games in the postseason and will be available off the bench for Tuesday's matchup. Austin Barnes is slated to take over the catching duties with Grandal out of the starting nine.

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    • Austin Barnes LAD C
      Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Draws start in Game 4
      21h ago

      Barnes will start at catcher in Game 4 of the NLCS against Milwaukee on Tuesday, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.

      Barnes started behind the dish in Game 2 of the NLCS and went 0-for-3 with a walk and an RBI, and after yet another miserable performance by Yasmani Grandal in Game 3, Barnes will get the opportunity to play. He'll be tasked with catching Rich Hill.

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    • Cody Bellinger LAD 1B
      Dodgers' Cody Bellinger: Situated on bench for Game 4
      3h ago

      Bellinger is not in the lineup for Game 4 of the NLCS against the Brewers on Tuesday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

      As per usual, Bellinger will sit with a left-hander in Gio Gonzalez toeing the rubber for the Brewers. The youngster is just 1-for-10 with an RBI through the first three games of the series. Enrique Hernandez will start in center field and hit sixth in his place Tuesday.

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    • Max Muncy LAD 1B
      Dodgers' Max Muncy: Hits bench for Game 4
      3h ago

      Muncy is not in the lineup for Game 4 of the NLCS against the Brewers on Tuesday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

      As has been the case all postseason, Muncy will give way to David Freese at first base with a southpaw (Gio Gonzalez) starting for the Brewers. Muncy is 1-for-6 with two walks and two runs scored through the first three games of the series.

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    • Mitch Moreland BOS 1B
      Red Sox's Mitch Moreland: Remains on bench for Game 3
      7h ago

      Moreland is not in the lineup for Game 3 of the ALCS against the Astros on Tuesday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

      As expected, Moreland will hit the bench with lefty Dallas Keuchel toeing the rubber for Houston. The first baseman has made pinch-hit appearances during each of the first two games -- going 1-for-1 with a walk and an RBI -- and should be available off the bench once again in Game 3.

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    • Tyler White HOU 1B
      Astros' Tyler White: Hits bench for Game 3 of ALCS
      7h ago

      White is not in the lineup for Game 3 of the ALCS against the Red Sox on Tuesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

      White will take a seat after going 0-for-5 with a walk and three strikeouts during the first two games of the series. Jose Altuve will serve as the designated hitter in place of White, while Tony Kemp draws a start in the outfield.

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    • Mitch Moreland BOS 1B
      Red Sox's Mitch Moreland: Held out of Game 2 lineup
      2d ago

      Moreland is not in the lineup for Game 2 of the ALCS against the Astros on Sunday, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.

      Moreland made a pinch-hit appearance in Saturday's series opener, but he'll be held out of the starting lineup once again despite righty Gerrit Cole taking the hill for Houston. It's unclear whether or not this is being caused by his nagging hamstring, but either way, Steve Pearce will pick up another start at first place in his stead.

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    • Mitch Moreland BOS 1B
      Red Sox's Mitch Moreland: Sits for ALCS Game 1
      3d ago

      Moreland is not starting the first game of the ALCS against Houston on Saturday, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.

      Moreland was considered questionable to make the ALCS roster after suffering a hamstring injury in Game 2 of the ALDS. He was able to make the squad, but the fact that he's sitting for Game 1 despite the Astros starting a righty (Justin Verlander) indicates that the injury may still be bothering him.

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    • Jose Altuve HOU 2B
      Astros' Jose Altuve: Starting at DH in Game 3
      7h ago

      Altuve is starting at DH and hitting second in Game 3 of the ALCS against the Red Sox on Tuesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

      Altuve will get the night off from fielding as the Astros look to rest his bothersome knee, which he tweaked during the ALDS against the Indians earlier in the month. While it doesn't look like the issue will keep Altuve's bat out of the lineup, it's worth noting that his production during the regular season was hindered by lingering knee problems.

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    • Eduardo Nunez BOS 2B
      Red Sox's Eduardo Nunez: To start Game 3
      1d ago

      Nunez is expected to return to the starting lineup at third base for Game 3 against the Astros on Tuesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

      Nunez was held out of Game 2 after making a few crucial errors at third base in the series opener, but he'll return to the lineup with Dallas Keuchel slated to toe the rubber for the opposition. Rafael Devers drew the start in Game 2 at the hot corner but will return to the bench Tuesday.

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    • Eduardo Nunez BOS 2B
      Red Sox's Eduardo Nunez: Sits out Game 2
      2d ago

      Nunez is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's Game 2 matchup of the ALCS with the Astros, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.

      Nunez started Game 1 at third base, but he made a couple of critical defensive miscues that allowed Houston to take a 1-0 series lead. As a result, he'll hit the bench for Game 2, allowing Rafael Devers to pick up a start at the hot corner.

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    • Ian Kinsler BOS 2B
      Red Sox's Ian Kinsler: Not starting Game 1
      3d ago

      Kinsler is not in the lineup for Game 1 of the ALCS against the Astros on Saturday, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.

      Kinsler went a solid 4-for-13 with a pair of doubles in the ALDS. Brock Holt (who went 4-for-6 in the series) gets the start at second base.

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    • Brock Holt BOS 2B
      Red Sox's Brock Holt: Hits for cycle
      8d ago

      Holt had a career day in Monday's win over the Yankees. He went 4-for-6 with a homer, five RBI and three runs scored.

      It was the first postseason cycle in MLB history, and the second cycle of Holt's career. After Holt's historic performance, the Red Sox will have a chance to close out the Yankees in Game 4.

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    • Ian Kinsler BOS 2B
      Red Sox's Ian Kinsler: Hits bench for Game 3
      8d ago

      Kinsler will be on the bench for the third game of the ALDS against the Yankees on Monday, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports.

      The second baseman has gone 2-for-8 with five strikeouts so far in the series. Brock Holt will start at the keystone in his place.

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    • Travis Shaw MIL 3B
      Brewers' Travis Shaw: Hits bench for Game 4
      3h ago

      Shaw is not in the lineup for Game 4 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

      Shaw will hit the bench for Game 4 with a lefty in Rich Hill toeing the rubber for the Dodgers. Jonathan Schoop will man second base and hit sixth in his place. Through the first three games of the series, Shaw is 3-for-10 with an RBI and two runs scored.

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    • Rafael Devers BOS 3B
      Red Sox's Rafael Devers: To come off bench in Game 3
      1d ago

      Devers will head to the bench for Game 3 of the ALCS against the Astros on Tuesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

      Devers drew the start at the hot corner in Sunday's victory, but he'll head back to the bench with Eduardo Nunez expected to take over at third base. Devers is 4-for-10 with a walk, two RBI and four runs scored through three games this postseason. He'll certainly be an option to pinch hit in the later innings.

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    • Rafael Devers BOS 3B
      Red Sox's Rafael Devers: Sits to start ALCS
      3d ago

      Devers is on the bench for the first game of the ALCS against the Astros on Saturday, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.

      Devers has now sat for four of the first five games of the postseason. Eduardo Nunez has started at third base on each occasion, including against righty Justin Verlander on Saturday.

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    • Travis Shaw MIL 3B
      Brewers' Travis Shaw: On bench vs. Kershaw
      4d ago

      Shaw is not in the lineup for Game 1 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Friday.

      Shaw will take a seat with left-hander Clayton Kershaw on the mound for Los Angeles. In his place, Hernan Perez will man the keystone and bat fifth in the order. Look for Shaw to be available off the bench for Friday's series opener.

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    • David Freese LAD 3B
      Dodgers' David Freese: Will start at first base Friday
      5d ago

      Manager Dave Roberts stated that Freese will start Game 1 of the NLCS against Milwaukee on Friday at first base, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

      With the Brewers rolling out two left-handers on the hill for the first two games of the NLCS, the Dodgers will avoid slotting Max Muncy into the lineup for at least Game 1. Given Freese's extensive postseason experience, Roberts appears comfortable sacrificing a bit of power to create a more favorable matchup at the dish.

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    • Rafael Devers BOS 3B
      Red Sox's Rafael Devers: Sits against Sabathia in Game 4
      7d ago

      Devers is not in the lineup for Game 4 of the ALDS against the Yankees on Tuesday, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.

      Despite going 2-for-6 with an RBI, a stolen base and two runs scored in Monday's Game 3 victory, Devers will give way to Eduardo Nunez at the hot corner Tuesday with lefty CC Sabathia toeing the rubber for the Yankees. The youngster hit .240/.298/.433 with 21 homers through 121 games this season and will likely be one of manager Alex Cora's first players off the bench.

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    • Chris Taylor LAD SS
      Dodgers' Chris Taylor: Hits atop order vs. Brewers
      4d ago

      Taylor will bat leadoff and start in left field for Game 1 of the NLCS against Milwaukee on Friday, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.

      Taylor will join the starting lineup with left-hander Gio Gonzalez on the mound for the Brewers. During the club's four-game set against Atlanta, Taylor went 1-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored, with all three at-bats coming in Game 3.

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    • Didi Gregorius NYY SS
      Yankees' Didi Gregorius: Requires Tommy John surgery
      4d ago

      Gregorius suffered a right elbow injury during the ALDS against the Red Sox and an MRI on Thursday revealed that he will require Tommy John surgery. Manager Aaron Boone said he anticipates Gregorius returning "at some point during [next] season," though he added it's "realistic" that the shortstop will be available for the "bulk" of the 2019 campaign, Marc Carig of The Athletic reports.

      It appears as though Gregorius felt the injury occur during Game 1 or 2 of the ALDS in Boston while making a throw, and played through the injury the rest of the series. Thursday's MRI showed a tear in the UCL and will warrant Tommy John surgery, but fortunately the timetable for rehab is generally a great deal shorter for position players than it is for pitchers. That will make it possible for the shortstop to return to the field next year, though Boone added that a concrete timetable is unknown at this point. Gregorius is expected to undergo the surgery next week.

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    • Gregorio Petit MIN SS
      Twins' Gregorio Petit: Off 40-man roster
      4d ago

      Petit was outrighted to Triple-A Rochester on Thursday.

      Petit slashed .246/.313/.279 over 61 at-bats with the Twins this season after signing a minor-league deal last December. The 33-year-old is able to elect free agency and will likely pursue another minor-league deal for next season.

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    • Ehire Adrianza MIN SS
      Twins' Ehire Adrianza: Expected to be ready for Opening Day
      7d ago

      Adrianza is expected to be ready to go by Opening Day after undergoing surgery to repair the labrum in his left shoulder Tuesday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.

      Adrianza suffered a tear in his labrum near the beginning of September, though he continued to play through the injury for the remainder of the season before opting to go under the knife. The procedure typically carries a 3-to-4 month recovery timeline; with the start of spring training a little more than four months away, the utility man should be good to go before the start of the season, barring any setbacks. Assuming he's healthy, Adrianza should have an inside track to a spot on the Twins' Opening Day roster as a utility option.

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    • Ehire Adrianza MIN SS
      Twins' Ehire Adrianza: Slated for labrum surgery
      7d ago

      Adrianza will undergo surgery Tuesday to repair the labrum in his left shoulder, Mike Berardino of The Indianapolis Star reports.

      Adrianza first tweaked his shoulder in the Twins' series in Texas that ran from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, but he proceeded to play through the injury the rest of the way, appearing in 20 of the team's final 26 contests. The procedure should eliminate the discomfort Adrianza endured throughout September, but an official timetable for his recovery won't be known until after surgery is completed. If he's fully healthy by the end of spring training, Adrianza should have an inside track to a spot on the Twins' Opening Day roster as a utility option.

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    • Manny Machado LAD SS
      Dodgers' Manny Machado: Homers in win
      8d ago

      Machado went 2-for-5 with a homer and four RBI in Monday's Game 4 win over the Braves.

      It was Machado's second homer of the series and accounted for almost all of the Dodgers' offense. Machado will look to stay hot against the Brewers in the NLCS.

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    • Joc Pederson LAD LF
      Dodgers' Joc Pederson: Hits bench against lefty in Game 4
      3h ago

      Pederson is not in the lineup for Game 4 of the NLCS against the Brewers on Tuesday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

      As per usual, Pederson will retreat to the bench with a lefty in Gio Gonzalez starting for the opposition. Chris Taylor will start in left field and hit leadoff in place of Pederson, who is 2-for-6 with a walk and two runs scored through the first two games of the series.

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    • Marwin Gonzalez HOU LF
      Astros' Marwin Gonzalez: Starting at second base in Game 3
      7h ago

      Gonzalez (back) is starting at second base and hitting fifth in Game 3 of the ALCS against the Red Sox on Tuesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

      Gonzalez won't be forced to miss any action after colliding with the outfield wall during the Astros' 7-5 loss in Game 2 loss on Sunday. The utility man will man second base while Jose Altuve gets a turn at DH and Tony Kemp starts in the outfield. Gonzalez is 1-for-8 with a two-run homer through the first two games of the series.

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    • Marwin Gonzalez HOU LF
      Astros' Marwin Gonzalez: Banged up after wall collision
      1d ago

      Gonzalez said he's still nursing a sore neck and back after crashing into the outfield wall in Sunday's 7-5 loss to the Red Sox, but he hopes to be available Tuesday for Game 3 of the ALCS, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

      Prior to running into the Green Monster while tracking a Steve Pearce fly ball in the bottom of the third, Gonzalez gave the Astros a 4-2 lead with a home run off David Price in the top half of the frame. Gonzalez was evaluated by the Astros' training staff after failing to corral Pearce's hit and was ultimately allowed to stay in the game, though the left fielder noted afterward that he required an IV treatment an inning later. With an off-day Monday, Gonzalez believes the lingering soreness in his back and neck will subside enough for him to return to the lineup for Game 3.

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    • Jake Smolinski OAK CF
      Athletics' Jake Smolinski: Activated from DL and outrighted
      1d ago

      Smolinski (calf) was activated from the 60-day disabled list and outrighted to Triple-A Nashville on Monday.

      Smolinski missed the final two months of the 2018 season due to a blood clot in his left calf. When healthy, the outfielder struggled to a .128/.171/.205 slash line across 19 games with the Athletics. The move frees up space on the team's 40-man roster for prospects in need of protection from the upcoming Rule 5 draft.

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    • Joc Pederson LAD LF
      Dodgers' Joc Pederson: On bench again for Game 2
      3d ago

      Pederson remains on the bench for Game 2 of the NLCS against Milwaukee on Saturday.

      Pederson sits again as the Brewers start another lefty, Wade Miley. Matt Kemp will start in left field. Milwaukee is likely to continue their strategy of using several pitchers in short bursts, so Pederson could have the chance to pinch hit early and remain in the game depending on how things shake out.

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    • Yasiel Puig LAD RF
      Dodgers' Yasiel Puig: Out of Friday's lineup
      4d ago

      Puig is not in Friday's starting lineup for Game 1 of the NLCS against the Brewers, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.

      Since Puig has reverse platoon splits, he will begin Friday's contest on the bench with southpaw Gio Gonzalez starting for Milwaukee. Matt Kemp will draw the assignment in right field and bat fifth in the lineup.

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    • Rick Porcello BOS SP
      Red Sox's Rick Porcello: Starting Game 4
      6h ago

      Porcello will start Game 4 of the ALCS against the Astros on Wednesday, Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle reports.

      Porcello will get the ball for Game 4 after firing a scoreless inning of relief during Boston's victory over Houston in Game 2. In his only start this postseason, the right-hander held the Yankees to just one run through five innings en route to the win in Game 4 of the ALDS.

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    • Justin Verlander HOU SP
      Astros' Justin Verlander: Named Game 5 starter
      7h ago

      Manager A.J. Hinch said Verlander will start Game 5 of the ALCS against the Red Sox on Thursday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

      As expected, Verlander will get the ball for Game 5 after picking up a win in Game 1 with a quality outing. The ace is 2-0 with a 3.18 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 13:6 K:BB through two starts (11.1 innings) this postseason.

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    • Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
      Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw: Confirmed as Wednesday's starter
      20h ago

      Kershaw will start Game 5 of the NLCS against Milwaukee on Wednesday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.

      Kershaw had a rough outing in Game 1 at Miller Park, surrendering five runs (four earned) on six hits and two walks while recording just two strikeouts. He'll aim for redemption in his home park after Rich Hill takes the hill for Los Angeles in Game 4 on Tuesday.

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    • Gio Gonzalez MIL SP
      Brewers' Gio Gonzalez: Will start Game 4 of NLCS
      21h ago

      Gonzalez has been named the starting pitcher for Game 4 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Tuesday, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

      Gonzalez opened the NLCS for Milwaukee, tossing two innings while giving up a run on a solo homer off the bat of Manny Machado. This could turn out to be yet another short start for Gonzalez, with manager Craig Counsell likely attempting to keep some of the Dodgers' left-handed bats out of the starting nine. Brandon Woodruff figures to relieve Gonzalez after not pitching since Friday.

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    • Chris Sale BOS SP
      Red Sox's Chris Sale: Released from hospital
      1d ago

      Sale (illness) was released from the hospital Monday and cleared to rejoin the Red Sox, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports.

      Sale is set to rejoin the Red Sox in Houston on Tuesday ahead of Game 3 of the ALCS after spending the night in the hospital with a minor illness. It's unclear if the southpaw will still get the ball for Game 5 on Thursday, as manager Alex Cora said the team will wait and see how Sale feels Tuesday before determining his next step.

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    • Wade Miley MIL SP
      Brewers' Wade Miley: Lined up to start Game 5
      1d ago

      Miley will start Game 5 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Wednesday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

      Miley will get the ball on short rest after blanking the Dodgers through 5.2 innings in Game 2 on Saturday. Through two starts this postseason, the southpaw has allowed just five hits and one walk across 10.1 scoreless innings.

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    • Chris Hatcher OAK RP
      Athletics' Chris Hatcher: Sent outright to minors
      1d ago

      Hatcher was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville on Monday, Julian McWilliams of The Athletic reports.

      Hatcher was dropped from the team's 40-man roster in order to free up space for younger players in need of protection from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. The veteran right-hander posted a 4.95 ERA, 1.65 WHIP and 30:17 K:BB across 36.1 innings of relief for the A's in 2018.

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    • Dean Kiekhefer OAK RP
      Athletics' Dean Kiekhefer: Outrighted to Triple-A
      1d ago

      Kiekhefer was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville on Monday.

      Kiekhefer was dropped from the team's 40-man roster in order to make room for younger players who warrant protection from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. The southpaw made just four appearances for the A's in 2018, allowing four runs across two innings of work. He posted a 3.39 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 7.9 K/9 in 58.1 innings across multiple levels of the minors.

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    • Josh Hader MIL RP
      Brewers' Josh Hader: Won't pitch in Game 2
      4d ago

      Hader has been ruled out for Game 2 against the Dodgers after pitching three innings in Game 1 on Friday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

      Hader was lights out in the series opener, tossing three scoreless frames and allowing two hits while fanning four on a season-high 46 pitches. Manager Craig Counsell ruled Hader out for Saturday's matchup shortly after the conclusion of Game 1 but stated that Hader will be available for Game 3 in Los Angeles on Monday. This comes as expected, given Counsell's reluctance to use Hader on back-to-back days throughout the regular season. Milwaukee's skipper did announce that everyone else in the bullpen was available to throw for the team Saturday, per Zach Heilprin of the Wisconsin Sports Zone Network.

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    • Will Harris HOU RP
      Astros' Will Harris: Left off ALCS roster
      4d ago

      Harris is not on Houston's 25-man ALCS roster against the Red Sox, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

      Harris only appeared in one game against Cleveland during the ALDS, and that was strictly for mop-up duty in Game 3 once the Astros went up 11-2 in the ninth inning. In his place, Hector Rondon and Joe Smith were added to the active roster while Myles Straw was also dropped.

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    • Joe Smith HOU RP
      Astros' Joe Smith: Added to ALCS roster
      4d ago

      Smith is on the Astros' ALCS roster against Boston, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

      Smith wasn't on the club's 25-man roster for the ALDS versus Cleveland but will provide a fresh relief arm for Houston in this best-of-seven series. Across 56 appearances this year, he logged a 3.74 ERA and 1.01 WHIP with a 9.1 K/9.

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    • Hector Rondon HOU RP
      Astros' Hector Rondon: On ALCS roster
      4d ago

      Rondon was added to Houston's 25-man ALCS roster against Boston, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

      The Astros also added Joe Smith to the active roster while leaving Myles Straw and Will Harris off for the upcoming series. Rondon will provide a fresh arm in the Astros' bullpen versus an excellent Boston offense. On the year, he logged a 3.20 ERA and 1.32 WHIP.

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    • Shohei Ohtani LAA DH
      Angels' Shohei Ohtani: Undergoes Tommy John surgery
      15d ago

      Ohtani underwent successful Tommy John surgery Monday, Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times reports.

      As expected, the procedure was done by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who was apparently encouraged with how things went. Ohtani won't pitch in 2019 while recovering from the surgery, though he's expected to be able to hit. The 24-year-old two-way superstar did nothing but impress during his first year in the majors, hitting .285/.361/.564 with 22 homers, 61 RBI and 10 steals, while posting a 3.31 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 11.0 K/9 through 10 starts (51.2 innings) prior to suffering the elbow injury.

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    • J.D. Martinez BOS DH
      Red Sox's J.D. Martinez: Hits 43rd long ball
      16d ago

      Martinez was 2-for-3 with two runs and a three-run home run in Sunday's 10-2 win over the Yankees.

      September actually ended up as Martinez's worst statistical month of the season, but he still posted a .297 average and .841 OPS. The 31-year-old was one of the best hitters in baseball all season, totaling 43 home runs and 130 RBI with a .330/.402/.629 slash line.

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    • Giancarlo Stanton NYY DH
      Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton: Sits out Sunday's lineup
      16d ago

      Stanton is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Red Sox, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.

      Stanton was originally set to bat cleanup as designated hitter per usual, but the Yankees made a late change to replace him with Miguel Andujar. Thankfully it's not an injury situation, as the team would just like to get Stanton a full day off since he has played in 158 games this season. The 28-year-old will close the regular season with a .266/.343/.509 slash line with 38 home runs, 100 RBI and 211 strikeouts in 617 at-bats.

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    • Tyler Austin MIN DH
      Twins' Tyler Austin: Takes seat in season finale
      16d ago

      Austin is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the White Sox, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.

      The 27-year-old has a .212/.287/.348 slash line over 66 at-bats in September so he'll head to the bench for the season finale. Mitch Garver will bat fifth as the designated hitter Sunday. Austin has a .230/.287/.480 slash line with 17 home runs over 244 at-bats between the Yankees and Twins this season.

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    • Daniel Palka CHW DH
      White Sox's Daniel Palka: Will train at first base in offseason
      17d ago

      Palka will work out at first base during the offseason, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

      Palka, who has played both corner outfield spots and designated hitter this season, has played first base in the Diamondbacks and Twins minor-league systems and taken grounders in practice for the White Sox. Manager Rick Renteria is pleased with Palka's power but understands his outfield defense will limit the manager's flexibility. Palka could be the primary DH next season, and by expanding his position versatility, he can work his bat into the lineup at first base or the outfield when Renteria uses the DH spot to spell a position regular.

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    • Khris Davis OAK DH
      Athletics' Khris Davis: Smacks 48th homer
      17d ago

      Davis went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer against the Angels on Saturday.

      Davis took Tyler Skaggs deep in the first inning to record his 48th home run of the season. He now outpaces J.D. Martinez by six long balls to lead the majors. The rest of his stat line has remained remarkably consistent across all three of his seasons with the Athletics, though he did post new career-best marks in runs scored (98), home runs, and RBI (123).

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