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Michael Wacha stepped up and delivered another outstanding performance as the Cardinals defeated the Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS on Friday, allowing just two hits over seven scoreless innings to pitch the Cardinals into the World Series.

The 22-year-old right-hander was named NLCS MVP for his sheer dominance in two victories over the Dodgers, allowing just seven hits over 13 2/3 shutout innings while fanning 13, outdueling Clayton Kershaw in both starts. Wacha has been one of the best pitchers in all of baseball this postseason, going 3-0 with a scintillating 0.43 ERA, 0.57 WHIP and 22/4 K/BB ratio over 21 innings of work. He’ll presumably start Game 2 of the World Series after Adam Wainwright goes in Game 1, giving the Cardinals an extremely formidable 1-2 punch atop the rotation. That would mean Wacha gets the ball on Thursday, the only thing left to determine is whether that start will come in Boston or in Detroit.
Fri, Oct 18, 2013 11:53:00 PM

Craig Kimbrel (knee) is on track to rejoin the Red Sox on Monday.

Kimbrel will throw one inning in a minor league rehab game Saturday and should be cleared for activation if all goes well in that outing. He has been on the shelf since undergoing a left knee arthroscopy and a partial medial meniscectomy just before the All-Star break. Brad Ziegler is filling in at closer for Boston.
Jul 28 - 1:11 PM

Ryan Braun was scratched from the Brewers' lineup on Thursday due to right side tightness.

He is considered day-to-day for now. Ramon Flores will switch from right field to left field and Kirk Nieuwenhuis will draw the start in right versus Arizona.
Jul 28 - 1:04 PM

Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Jonathan Lucroy is getting a scheduled day of rest Thursday.

The trade buzz began swirling when Milwaukee's lineup card for Thursday afternoon's game against the Diamondbacks showed Martin Maldonado at catcher instead of Lucroy, but there's nothing to see here. Yet. Lucroy is reportedly drawing interest from the Rangers, Indians, Astros, Mets, and Red Sox, and will almost certainly be dealt before the August 1 deadline.
Jul 28 - 12:18 PM

Marlins reinstated 2B Dee Gordon from suspension.

Gordon will return to the Marlins' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Cardinals after missing the last 80 games while serving out a performance-enhancing suspension. He didn't hit the ball very well on his minor league rehab assignment, but the 28-year-old second baseman is obviously capable of having a huge fantasy impact down the stretch this season. Derek Dietrich will be shifted into more of a utility role.
Jul 28 - 12:00 PM

Jose Reyes (intercostal) is doubtful for Friday.

Reyes was diagnosed with a Grade 1 intercostal strain on Tuesday afternoon and is still dealing with some discomfort. Mets manager Terry Collins said he's not considering a disabled list stint at this point because the club has a string of games in American League parks next week. That would allow Reyes to DH, but it does seem like an odd strategy considering the veteran infielder suffered the injury on a swing.
Jul 28 - 11:19 AM

Yoenis Cespedes is out of the Mets' lineup Thursday because he had a flareup with his quad.

Cespedes missed a chunk of time earlier this month with a quad strain, and now it's rearing its ugly head again. Consider him day-to-day for now. Alejandro De Aza is in left field and Juan Lagares is in center field on Thursday afternoon against the Rockies.
Jul 28 - 11:06 AM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Royals are trying to package Ian Kennedy in a Wade Davis trade, with the Dodgers "a strong match."

Los Angeles badly wants Davis, as reported earlier by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, and the club has deep enough pockets to comfortably take on what remains on the ill-advised five-year, $70 million free agent contract that Kennedy received this winter from Kansas City. Kennedy has been a big disappointment in his first year with the Royals, currently holding a 4.41 ERA through 20 starts. He could eat some innings for a contender, but that's probably about it.
Jul 28 - 10:31 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles are "trying hard" for Andrew Cashner.

Baltimore badly needs rotation help -- Ubaldo Jimenez and his 7.38 ERA are starting Thursday against the Twins -- and Cashner is almost certain to be dealt somewhere by the August 1 trade deadline. Rosenthal says the O's are not necessarily the front-runner for the 29-year-old right-hander, with the Rangers, Marlins, and Giants also lurking. Cashner, an impending free agent, owns a 4.76 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and 67/30 K/BB ratio in 79 1/3 innings this season.
Jul 28 - 10:00 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Dodgers are showing interest in Royals closer Wade Davis.

Los Angeles reportedly made a run at Aroldis Chapman this week before he landed with the Cubs. Davis hasn't been as dominant this year as he has been in years past, but the 30-year-old right-hander still ranks among the top relievers in baseball with his 1.60 ERA in 33 2/3 innings. He holds a $10 million team option for 2017, which is a relative bargain. It's not clear what a trade for an elite late-inning arm would do for Kenley Jansen's status as the Dodgers' closer. He has 30 saves this season and a 1.41 ERA in 44 2/3 innings.
Jul 28 - 8:21 AM

Jason Hammel led the Cubs to an 8-1 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday by tossing seven innings of one run baseball for his 10th win.

The only run he allowed came on a home run by opposing pitcher Anthony Ranaudo. Hammel struck out seven batters, walked two and gave up just five hits. His record improves to 10-5 with a 3.23 ERA in 114 1/3 innings. Hammel draws two starts next week. The first will be at home versus the Marlins on Monday, then he will travel to Oakland for an interleague game using the designated hitter on Sunday.
Jul 28 - 12:45 AM

Khris Davis hit two home runs and went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored on Wednesday.

Davis hit a solo homer in the first inning off Yu Darvish, then smoked a two-run blast off Matt Bush in the eighth. He added a double for the third hit. He sports an unusual .256/.294/.514 slash line due to a very low walk rate and a high strikeout rate. But it was the home runs his owners were after when they drafted Khris Davis. He has 25 longballs with 48 runs and 67 RBI.
Jul 27 - 11:47 PM




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