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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

Jose Quintana held the Cardinals to two runs over seven innings Sunday for his ninth win of the season.

Quintana issued four walks and surrendered six hits, but he mostly prevented the Cardinals from inflicting major damage as the Cubs took the rubber match of a big five-game set against their arch rival. Quintana entered the All-Star break with some shoulder fatigue, but he got nearly two weeks off between his final start of the first half and this outing Sunday. The 29-year-old left-hander will carry a decent 3.87 ERA into his next turn Friday at St. Louis.
Jul 22 - 6:16 PM

Rougned Odor went 3-for-3 with a homer on Sunday in a 5-0 victory over the Indians.

Odor took Oliver Perez deep in the eighth inning, and it gives the second baseman seven homers on the season. He also stole a base, his eighth of the 2018 campaign. Odor's slash of .259/.332/.403 doesn't articulate how well he's been swinging the bat as of late, as the 24-year-old second baseman has shown glimpses of the player that was so intriguing not long ago. We're not saying here's there yet, but if he's still available in your leagues, by all means.
Jul 22 - 6:02 PM

Chris Archer struck out a season-high 13 batters, allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits over six innings, but came away with a no-decision in the Rays' 6-4 win over the Marlins.

Archer looked crisp early on, striking out the side in the first inning in his third start since coming off the disabled list for an abdominal strain. He then immediately ran into trouble, allowing four runs on four hits in the ensuing frame. Miguel Rojas opened the floodgates with a bases-loaded, two-run double to right field. Three runs ended up scoring on the play as a result of a throwing error by Carlos Gomez. Rojas eventually came around to score on an RBI single from Bryan Holaday. Archer was virtually unhittable from that point on, retiring 14 of the final 19 batters he faced, racking up 10 strikeouts during that stretch. He threw 76 of 101 pitches for strikes and did not walk a batter. A prime candidate to be moved at the July 31 trade deadline, the 29-year-old right-hander is striking out over a batter per inning for the fourth consecutive year, but remains a little lackluster in the run prevention department.
Jul 22 - 5:45 PM

Chris Sale struck out nine hitters over six shutout innings in a 9-1 victory over the Tigers on Sunday.

You can’t possibly be surprised. Sale was once again dominant, and the nine strikeouts give him 197 on the season. That means that the southpaw is going to get to 200 strikeouts before the end of July -- again -- giving him a real chance at a 300 total. Again. It’s hard to argue against anyone who thinks this is the best fantasy pitcher in baseball right now with an 11-4 record, 2.13 ERA and 0.87 WHIP over 135 innings. Sale toes the rubber again when he faces the Twins on Friday.
Jul 22 - 5:42 PM

Mets placed RHP Noah Syndergaard on the 10-day disabled list with hand, foot and mouth disease.

Seriously. It's believed that he contracted the disease while helping out at a youth camp. The Mets are hopeful that he'll miss just one start. The good news, is that at least there's no physical ailment that he'll need to work his way back from this time. it's unclear who will start in his place against the Padres next week.
Jul 22 - 5:18 PM

Drew Butera hit a three-run inside-the-park homer to help the Royals to a 5-3 victory over the Twins on Sunday.

Yep, Drew Butera. He hit a shot to deep center off of Trevor Hildenberger, and it broke a 2-2 tie to give Kansas City a 5-2 lead in the seventh inning. It's just the third homer of the season, and the single hit has his season average at .168 over 39 games. He'll remember this one for a long time, however.
Jul 22 - 4:59 PM

Corey Dickerson went 4-for-5 with a homer, two RBI and three runs scored in a 9-2 victory over the Reds on Sunday.

Dickerson took Matt Harvey deep in the second inning with a runner on to give him 11 homers on the season. He also doubled, which gives him 23 in 2018. Hitting at the top of the lineup, Dickerson has been excellent for the Pirates in his first year with the club, and the four hits have his average up to .315 with an .856 OPS to go with it. The Pirates have him under control through 2019 so they don't have to trade him, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see a contender try and procure his services.
Jul 22 - 4:05 PM

Matt Harvey was rocked for eight runs in 3 2/3 innings on Sunday in a loss to the Pirates.

Harvey gave up four homers in the loss, and he also allowed eight hits while striking out two. He didn’t walk anyone, if you’re desperate for positives. The former Met had been pitching well before this disaster, but today was a reminder that he’s still capable of having clunkers. This would definitely count as a clunker. It raises his ERA to 5.21, and he’ll take that ERA and a WHIP of 1.32 into his next schedule start against the Phillies on Friday. That’s assuming he’s not dealt beforehand, of course.
Jul 22 - 4:01 PM

Justin Turner was pulled from Sunday's game against the Brewers after aggravating his right groin injury.

Turner was making his first start since July 11 and lasted just three innings. The Dodgers should have more on his status after the game, but it would be a surprise if he's not headed to the disabled list at this point. Turner had an RBI double in one of his two plate appearances before exiting.
Jul 22 - 3:26 PM

James Paxton (back) remains on track to rejoin the Mariners' rotation Tuesday against the Giants.

Paxton threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Saturday without issue and felt good a day after Sunday. The left-hander had to leave his final start of the first half with lower back inflammation but it appears that he'll be fine moving forward.
Jul 22 - 2:49 PM

Carlos Correa (back) has resumed throwing and running drills.

Correa was shut down a bit after having a setback with his ailing back, but he's resumed baseball activities. He'll need to reel off a few days in a row of workouts with no problems before the Astros consider a rehab assignment plan. Correa seems unlikely to return before the end of the month at this point.
Jul 22 - 2:39 PM




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