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Nolan Arenado is getting the day off Thursday.

Ryan McMahon will start at third base and bat seventh versus Phillies right-hander Vince Velasquez. This would appear to be a routine breather for Arenado, who holds a .305/.399/.532 batting line with 12 home runs and 37 RBI in 62 games this season.
Jun 14 - 11:15 AM

Jackie Bradley Jr. was named MVP of the 2018 ALCS.

Bradley Jr. is a deserving winner, hitting a pair of homers -- including a grand slam in Game 3 -- in the series and also drawing four walks. His average is just .200 in this postseason, but his .400 on-base percentage and .667 slugging mark -- along with his excellent defense in center -- is more indicative of how good he's been in October.
Oct 19 - 12:06 AM

Rafael Devers hit a three-run homer in a 4-1 victory over the Astros on Thursday in Game 5 in the ALCS.

The homer was a big one, as it came with the Red Sox holding just a 1-0 lead in the sixth inning off of Justin Verlander to extend the Boston lead to 4-0. It was an excellent series for the soon-to-be 22-year-old with a .385/.467/.615 line over the five games. Don't be surprised if he gets starts at third in the World Series even if Eduardo Nunez is healthy enough to play.
Oct 18 - 11:49 PM

David Price hurled six shutout innings while allowing just three hits and striking out nine in a 4-1 victory over the Red Sox in Game 5 of the ALCS on Thursday.

Narratives were made to be broken. After two shaky postseason starts -- and many more efforts that haven’t accurately reflected Price’s talent -- Price was absolutely brilliant on Thursday. His change-up was an out pitch, and for the overwhelming majority of the game, the former Cy Young winner was able to get ahead of the Houston lineup while limiting hard contact. This was a wonderful reminder of how dominant Price has been in his career at times. If Boston gets this version of Price in the World Series, the Dodgers or Brewers are in trouble. He’ll likely start Game 2 of the Fall Classic in Fenway Park.
Oct 18 - 11:44 PM

Mitch Moreland is back in the lineup at first base and hitting fifth on Thursday against the Astros in Game 5 of the ALCS.

Moreland gets the start at first base against right-hander Justin Verlander, with Steve Pearce heading to the bench. It's his first start in 11 days after dealing with a hamstring injury. Ian Kinsler takes over at second for Brock Holt. The rest of the lineup stays the same against the Astros, as the Red Sox look to clinch a trip to the World Series, and is as follows: Mookie Betts RF, Andrew Benintendi LF, J.D. Martinez DH, Xander Bogaerts SS, Moreland 1B, Kinsler 2B, Rafael Devers 3B, Christian Vazquez C, Jackie Bradley CF, and David Price on the mound.
Oct 18 - 4:12 PM

Jake Marisnick is starting in center field and hitting ninth on Thursday for Game 5 of the ALCS against the Red Sox.

Marisnick will get the start in center, with George Springer moving over to right and Tony Kemp handling left. Josh Reddick will start off on the bench, but likely will likely get a plate appearance if/when Boston turns to a right-hander and removes David Price. The Astros are also moving Carlos Correa to the cleanup spot as they look to avoid elimination. The full lineup goes: Alex Bregman 3B, Springer, RF, Jose Altuve DH, Carlos Correa SS, Yuli Gurriel 1B, Marwin Gonzalez 2B, Kemp LF, Martin Maldonado C, Marisnick CF and Justin Verlander as the starting pitcher.
Oct 18 - 4:07 PM

Matt Chapman underwent surgery on his left thumb Thursday.

Per the Athletics' press release: "Dr. Steven Shin performed an ulnar sided sesamoid bone excision along the left thumb at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles. Dr. Shin was pleased with the outcome of the surgery and anticipates Matt to make a full recovery prior to the start of spring training." Chapman battled thumb and wrist issues at various points this season, twice receiving cortisone injections, but the 25-year-old budding star still managed a strong .864 OPS with 24 home runs and 42 doubles in 145 games while also playing elite-level defense at third base.
Oct 18 - 12:10 PM

Despite warming up in the eighth and ninth innings Wednesday, David Price will start Thursday's Game 5 against the Astros, manager Alex Cora said.

It doesn't seem fair to Price, given that he'd be on short rest Thursday even if not for Wednesday's extended bullpen session, but the Red Sox are really low on options. It's doubtful that they'll ask him to go deep before turning the ball over to Eduardo Rodriguez and company. Chris Sale (illness) is lined up for a potential Game 6.
Oct 18 - 1:55 AM

Craig Kimbrel escaped with his first ever two-inning save Wednesday, giving up a run while getting six outs against the Astros.

Kimbrel couldn't possibly have been any shakier. His first out came when Tony Kemp was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double to start the eighth. He went on to hit a batter and allow a run in the inning anyway. In the ninth, with David Price warming up behind him, he walked three to load the bases for Alex Bregman with two outs. Bregman then hit a hard liner to left on which Andrew Benintendi made a fantastic catch, giving the Red Sox an 8-6 win. Boston will take a 3-1 lead into Thursday's Game 5.
Oct 18 - 1:33 AM

Clayton Kershaw limited the Brewers to one run in seven innings and struck out nine as the Dodgers won 5-2 on Wednesday to take a 3-2 lead in the NLCS.

Kershaw nearly came out after five, but the Dodgers opted to leave him in to bat after Austin Barnes singled in a run to tie the game at 1-1. Kershaw did some of his best work afterwards, and departed a 5-1 game after walking and scoring a run in the bottom of the seventh. It was a big rebound for him after he gave up five runs -- four earned -- over three-plus innings in a Game 1 loss.
Oct 17 - 8:54 PM

Chris Sale will not start Thursday's ALCS Game 5 after spending time in the hospital with an illness.

It sounds like Sale will be good for Saturday's Game 6, but he's too weak to pitch Thursday. Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Joe Kelly, Eduardo Rodriguez and David Price are possibilities to start Game 5. Price would be on three days' rest after starting Game 2.
Oct 17 - 6:14 PM

Major League Baseball has fined Manny Machado an undisclosed amount for the way he ran into Jesus Aguilar in Game 4 of the NLCS on Tuesday.

Machado appeared to intentionally drag his left foot across Aguilar's right leg at first base following a routine groundout in the bottom of the 10th inning, and the resulting argument set off a short-lived benches-clearing dustup. A number of Brewers expressed anger about the play after the game, and there could very well be some kind of carryover into Game 5 of the NLCS on Wednesday. Machado will not be suspended by MLB for the act.
Oct 17 - 3:42 PM




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