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Albert Almora is starting in center field and batting fifth in Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday night against the Nationals.

Perhaps even more notable is that Jason Heyward will get the start despite the fact that the Nationals are throwing left-hander Gio Gonzalez. Kyle Schwarber is on the bench again. Ben Zobrist is also sitting. The full lineup for Chicago in this winner-advances Game 5 at Nationals Park: Jon Jay LF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Willson Contreras C, Albert Almora CF, Addison Russell SS, Jason Heyward RF, Javier Baez 2B, Kyle Hendricks SP.
Thu, Oct 12, 2017 04:02:00 PM

Ozzie Albies (hamstring) is absent from the Braves' lineup Sunday.

Albies had to leave Friday's game with a tight right hamstring and figures to miss multiple contests. Charlie Culberson is filling in at second base.
Jul 22 - 10:04 AM

Cubs pitching coach Jim Hickey revealed recently in an interview on WSCR-AM 670 that Jose Quintana has been dealing with left shoulder fatigue.

It's the reason Quintana isn't making his first second-half start until Sunday, as he'll have gone nearly two weeks in between outings. The club doesn't seem overly concerned about the left-hander for now. "Just tired stuff," manager Joe Maddon said. "He just seemed to be fatigued a bit. Nothing awful. Just give him a couple extra days and the other part was to really work on the method of the changeup."
Source: The Athletic
Jul 22 - 8:49 AM

Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports that the Cubs "remain deeply involved" in trade discussions for Zach Britton.

We've seen Britton connected to the Cubs previously, but Mooney's report would seem to indicate that he's at the top of their wish list. It makes sense that they're targeting the lefty reliever, especially with Brandon Morrow (biceps) sidelined. Morrow will close for the Cubs as long as he's healthy, so Chicago wouldn't be the best landing spot for Britton from a fantasy perspective.
Source: The Athletic
Jul 22 - 8:42 AM

Dylan Covey was brilliant in Saturday's 5-0 win over the Mariners, hurling 8 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball while surrendering just two hits.

Dee Gordon and Jean Segura managed singles off of Covey, but otherwise he had the Mariners completely off balance in Saturday's gem of a performance. The 26-year-old right-hander struck out five and walked two on the evening, exiting stage left with one out in the ninth inning after throwing 105 pitches (66 strikes). To say that this outing played against recent form for Covey is an understatement -- he had been rocked for at least four runs in each of his prior five starts. He's still pitching to an ugly 4.95 ERA and 1.49 WHIP on the year, but at the very least, Saturday's strong showing might have afforded him a slightly longer leash in the short term. He'll attempt to build on this performance when he hits the road against the Angels for his next scheduled outing.
Jul 22 - 1:17 AM

Yonder Alonso went 2-for-5 with a pair of home runs and three total RBI in Saturday's 16-3 win over the Rangers.

Four runs had already touched home when Alonso stepped to the plate with two outs in the fifth inning to square off with Austin Bibens-Dirkx, who had just come in in relief of Bartolo Colon. He proceeded to cap the inning with a loud exclamation point, cracking a two-run home run to push the Indians out to a 6-0 advantage on the scoreboard. He would follow that up with another home run -- this one a solo shot -- in the seventh inning. In his inaugural season wearing an Indians uniform, Alonso is slashing .261/.329/.453 with 15 home runs and 56 RBI in 87 games played. He's not quite hitting up to the standards of the 100-game sample he posted with the A's prior to being traded to the Mariners last season, but his overall body of work for the campaign is starting to come together respectably.
Jul 22 - 1:01 AM

Shin-Soo Choo went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Saturday's loss to the Indians, ending his 52-game on-base streak.

Quiet game for Choo, who is in the midst of a sturdy offensive year after earlier this decade looking like his bat might be winding down for good. For the campaign as a whole, the veteran outfielder is hitting .291/.401/.497 with 18 home runs, 44 RBI and three steals in 92 games played.
Jul 22 - 12:42 AM

Matt Carpenter homered for a sixth consecutive contest in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Cubs in the second game of a doubleheader.

Carpenter not only kept his long ball streak alive, he did so on the slimmest of margins, striking for his seventh-inning home run as a pinch-hitter. That was his second big moment on Saturday, as he had earlier clocked a solo home run in the first game of the doubleheader. Six games is the longest homer streak in franchise history, while Carpenter's now set the club record with each of his last 12 hits going for extra bases. Mark McGwire held the previous such record, which he forged back in 2001. Over the duration of his current home run streak, Carpenter has raised his batting line from .260/.370/.510 to .277/.386/.593. In terms of his counting stats, the slugger has gone yard 25 times and driven in 53 runs over the course of 329 at-bats.
Jul 21 - 11:40 PM

Anthony Rizzo went 4-for-5 with an RBI single in Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Cardinals in the second game of a doubleheader.

Rizzo was responsible for over half of the Cubbies' hit total on the evening. None of the team's hits went for extra bases. The slugger was a happy beneficiary of Saturday's doubleheader, reaching base a whopping eight times between the two games (including three walks in the first game). On the whole this season, Rizzo is hitting .258/.359/.426 with 12 home runs and 63 RBI put in over the course of 86 games played. While four hits are nice any way you slice it, he's going to need to pick up the power pace if he's to make it five consecutive seasons of at least 30 home runs.
Jul 21 - 11:30 PM

George Springer hit a grand slam as part of a five-run sixth inning, and the Astros blanked the Angels 7-0 on Saturday.

Springer caught a hanging Noe Ramirez slider and drove it out to left-center for his fifth career grand slam. The homer was his 16th of the year. Though not on a pace to match or best his monster 2017 season, the 28-year-old is having a finely productive season at the dish again in 2018, batting .249/.335/.421 with 51 RBI, 67 runs scored and six steals atop the Astros lineup.
Jul 21 - 11:27 PM

Corey Dickerson hit a pair of home runs -- his third game in a row with at least one, giving him four in his last three games -- to lead the Pirates to a 6-2 win over the Reds on Saturday.

Dickerson opened the scoring with a solo shot out to the grass in center field in the third inning, and he got Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani again in the fifth for another one-run blast. Dickerson also stole a base in the game, giving him a surprising six steals in 88 games. The homers -- 10 overall, now -- are less surprising, as is his stout .307/.341/.493 line through Saturday's contest.
Jul 21 - 11:06 PM

Justin Turner (hip) told reporters that he expects to start Sunday's game against the Brewers.

Turner hadn't seen game action since July 12 before he pinch-hit in Saturday's contest, striking out in his only at-bat. The cameo was a promising development, though, as is the news that he feels ready to go in Sunday's finale. Turner is hitting .256/.353/.390 in 49 games in which he's been healthy enough to appear.
Jul 21 - 10:52 PM




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