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Ted Lilly (shoulder) said Monday that he will start throwing from a mound in two weeks.

Lilly, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder in September, began his offseason throwing program in October and is ready to take the next step. Assuming he doesn't encounter any problems, he's expected to be ready to go for the start of spring training. However, with all the Dodgers' options, he's not a given to open the season as part of their rotation.
Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:29:00 PM

Newsday's Marc Carig reports that Mets hitting coach Kevin Long and White Sox bench coach Joe McEwing are "out of the running" for the Mets' manager job.

The news comes as a surprise, as multiple reports have had Long as the favorite to land the gig. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported recently that Mariners third base coach Manny Acta is "a legitimate possibility" for the job, and with the news on Long it's possible Acta might now be the new favorite. Astros bench coach Alex Cora and Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway are also known to have interviewed.
Oct 22 - 1:21 PM

Dallas Keuchel will start Game 1 of the World Series for the Astros on Tuesday versus the Dodgers.

Keuchel is the obvious choice with Justin Verlander having pitched on Friday. He will be taking the ball on an extra day of rest when he opposes Clayton Kershaw at Dodger Stadium, while Verlander will go in Game 2 Wednesday on regular rest. The Dodgers have not announced who will pitch for them in Game 2, but it will likely be Rich Hill.
Oct 22 - 11:06 AM

Justin Verlander on Saturday was named the American League Championship Series MVP.

Verlander didn't have a hand in the decisive Game 7, but that's because he was recovering from tossing seven scoreless innings the night before. That outing, coupled with the single-most dominant performance from a starting pitcher this postseason in a Game 2 complete-game victory, earned him the recognition. Verlander allowed just one run in 16 innings in the ALCS, striking out 22, and he's got a 1.46 ERA and 0.93 WHIP in four starts overall this postseason. He'll start Wednesday's Game 2 of the World Series against the Dodgers.
Oct 21 - 11:44 PM

Charlie Morton delivered the biggest start of his life Saturday, tossing five scoreless innings as the Astros shut out the Yankees in a decisive 4-0 win in Game 7 of the ALCS.

History was made, as the shutout was the first ever in a Game 7 in the ALCS. Morton gave up a single and a double and walked one over his five innings, striking out five -- including two in a tone-setting first inning -- in the win. The only real danger he faced all night was in the top of the fifth, when Greg Bird doubled to lead off the frame and advanced to third on a wild pitch with one out. But a great play by Alex Bregman and Brian McCann to nail Bird at home on a ground ball erased the threat, and Morton was able to escape the inning unharmed. The strong start was a stark contrast from his Game 3 start, in which Morton gave up seven runs over 3 2/3 innings. Morton will likely start Game 3 of the World Series, which will be in Houston on Friday.
Oct 21 - 11:21 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Corey Seager (back) is progressing, but his availability for Game 1 of the World Series is still uncertain.

Roberts said Seager has been hitting off a tee and taking some soft toss, and running curves in the infield, but no determination has been made. The next step for Seager is live at-bats in a simulated game. Given the stakes, it's hard to imagine the shortstop won't be out there if at all possible when the Series starts next week.
Oct 21 - 8:05 PM

Gary Sanchez will bat cleanup and play catcher for the Yankees in Saturday's ALCS Game 7 against the Astros.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi kept the exact same lineup from Friday night's Game 6 loss, including keeping Sanchez in the cleanup spot. It's a vote of confidence for the 24-year-old, who has scuffled to a .204/.216/.429 line with 18 strikeouts in 49 postseason at-bats heading into Saturday's game. The rest of the Yankees lineup behind CC Sabathia Saturday: Brett Gardner LF; Aaron Judge RF; Didi Gregorius SS; Sanchez C; Greg Bird 1B; Starlin Castro 2B; Aaron Hicks CF; Todd Frazier 3B; Chase Headley DH.
Oct 21 - 4:56 PM

Alex Bregman is batting second and playing third base for the Astros in Saturday's ALCS Game 7 against the Yankees.

Bregman had moved down in the lineup for Game 6 against hard-throwing right-hander Luis Severino, but against southpaw CC Sabathia he's back in a prime production spot for the decisive game. The postseason hasn't been kind to the 23-year-old thus far, as he's hitting just .184/.244/.395 in 10 playoff games. The rest of the Astros lineup in support of Charlie Morton goes like this: George Springer CF; Bregman 3B; Jose Altuve 2B; Carlos Correa SS; Yuli Gurriel 1B; Evan Gattis DH; Brian McCann C; Marwin Gonzalez LF; Josh Reddick RF.
Oct 21 - 4:23 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Nationals have asked the Astros' permission to interview Alex Cora after the conclusion of the ALCS.

Cora has already interviewed with the Tigers and the Red Sox and Astros' manager A.J. Hinch seems to fully support the idea of Cora getting his own managerial gig. The Nationals canned Dusty Baker in a surprising move on Friday, leaving one of the most talented teams in the league with a major vacancy at the helm.
Oct 21 - 8:21 AM

Justin Verlander struck out eight batters while firing seven shutout frames to beat the Yankees 7-1 in Game 6 of the ALCS on Friday.

He was on top of his game and didn't give the Yankees any chance to do much damage all night. He scattered five hits -- all singles -- issued one walk and hit one batter. It was his second win in the series to go with a 0.56 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 16 innings. The Astros gave up a ton of money and a load of prospect talent to get Verlander on September 1st but his performance in the playoffs has made it all worthwhile. He is 4-0 with a 0.93 ERA in 24 2/3 post-season innings.
Oct 21 - 12:35 AM

Jose Altuve went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and three RBI in Friday's ALCS Game 6 win over the Yankees.

His two-RBI single in the fifth inning gave his team a 3-0 lead and knocked opposing starter Luis Severino out of the game. He tacked on a solo home run off reliever David Robertson leading off the bottom of the eighth inning. The Astros scored four runs in the frame to put the game on ice. It was the MVP candidate's first home run of the championship series and fourth of the post-season. The series wraps up tomorrow with the winner advancing to the World Series.
Oct 21 - 12:07 AM

Chase Headley is starting in the designated hitter spot and batting ninth for the Yankees in Friday's ALCS Game 6 versus the Astros.

Headley hasn't done much this postseason, but he had three hits in Game 5, earning another start in the DH spot Friday. The Yankees' full lineup is as follows: 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.
Oct 20 - 4:45 PM




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