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Bruce Levine of MLB.com reports that the Cubs have fired hitting coach Chili Davis.

Davis spent just one year with the Cubs, and to be blunt, it didn't go well. Several hitters regressed -- although it'd be fair to point out that several hitters like Javier Baez and Jason Heyward rebounded/had career years -- but the overall numbers tell the story. Considering the young talent Chicago has, it wouldn't be a surprise if this is a job that several hitting instructors covet.
Oct 11 - 7:27 PM

Brian Dozier will start at second base and hit fifth in Game 4 of the NLCS on Tuesday versus the Brewers.

It's the first start of the playoffs for Dozier, who struggled mightily down the final stretch of the regular season. Enrique Hernandez is in center field and David Freese is at third base, with Cody Bellinger riding the pine against Brewers left-hander Gio Gonzalez. Here is the full Game 4 lineup for the host Dodgers: Chris Taylor LF, Justin Turner 3B, David Freese 1B, Manny Machado SS, Brian Dozier 2B, Enrique Hernandez CF, Yasiel Puig RF, Austin Barnes C, Rich Hill SP.
Oct 16 - 5:42 PM

Jonathan Schoop is starting at second base and batting sixth in Game 4 of the NLCS on Tuesday night against the Dodgers.

It'll be the first action of the series for Schoop. Travis Shaw is on the bench, with Mike Moustakas playing third base and Jesus Aguilar at first base. Here is the full lineup for the Brewers, who are going up against left-hander Rich Hill: Lorenzo Cain CF, Christian Yelich RF, Ryan Braun LF, Jesus Aguilar 1B, Mike Moustakas 3B, Jonathan Schoop 2B, Manny Pina C, Orlando Arcia SS, Gio Gonzalez SP.
Oct 16 - 5:32 PM

Rafael Devers is not in the starting lineup for Game 3 of the ALCS against the Astros on Tuesday.

Not a surprise, even after a productive Game 2, as the Astros have lefty Dallas Keuchel on the mound. Eduardo Núñez will start at the hot corner while Christian Vázquez will catch Nathan Eovaldi. The full lineup for Boston: Mookie Betts RF, Andrew Benintendi LF, J.D. Martinez DH, Xander Bogaerts SS, Steve Pearce 1B, Núñez 3B, Ian Kinsler 2B, Vázquez C, Jackie Bradley Jr. CF,
Oct 16 - 1:18 PM

Jose Altuve will serve as the designated hitter for Game 3 of the ALCS against the Red Sox on Tuesday.

Altuve was bothered by a right knee injury during the season and it's still an issue, so the hope is to get him off his feet a bit. With Altuve sliding to the DH spot, Marwin Gonzalez will start at second base while Tony Kemp will play left field. Brian McCann is behind the plate. The full lineup for Houston: George Springer CF, Altuve DH, Alex Bregman 3B, Yuli Gurriel 1B, Gonzalez 2B, Josh Reddick RF, Carlos Correa SS, McCann C, Kemp LF.
Oct 16 - 1:09 PM

Gio Gonzalez will start for the Brewers in Game 4 of the NLCS on Tuesday.

He'll be on short rest, but Gonzalez threw just 32 pitches last Friday when he allowed one run over one inning in Game 1. It will be an all hands on deck situation again in Game 4, and while manager Craig Counsell would surely prefer not to use six relievers again, he should have everyone available.
Oct 15 - 11:40 PM

Jhoulys Chacin held the Dodgers scoreless over 5 1/3 innings of work Monday in the Brewers’ 4-0 NLCS Game 3 win.

Walker Buehler certainly had the flashier stuff in this pitching matchup, but Chacin managed to keep the Dodgers off balance all night with a bunch of sliders and well-placed fastballs. The biggest jam he had to pitch out of came in the second inning when he got back-to-back strikeouts to escape a bases-loaded situation. Chacin yielded just three hits and two walks on the night and struck out six before handing it off to the Brewers’ bullpen, which came through again led by Corey Knebel and Josh Hader. The Brewers will start Gio Gonzalez in Game 4 as they try to take a 3-1 series lead.
Oct 15 - 11:36 PM

Austin Barnes will start at catcher for the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS on Tuesday.

Yasmani Grandal had another nightmarish showing in Game 3 on Monday, getting charged with a passed ball and also failing to corral another ball in the dirt when a run scored on a wild pitch. He also struck out with the bases loaded in the ninth inning. Barnes went 0-for-3 but drew a bases-loaded walk in Game 2.
Oct 15 - 11:24 PM

Orlando Arcia slugged a two-run home run Monday in the Brewers' NLCS Game 3 victory over the Dodgers.

The Brewers were nursing a 2-0 lead in the seventh inning before Arcia followed a one-out Erik Kratz double with an opposite-field shot that just cleared the right-field wall. He's now gone deep in three of his last four postseason games, matching his home run total from the regular season (over 119 games). Not bad for a guy who was optioned to the minors on two occasions this season.
Oct 15 - 11:18 PM

Chris Sale (illness) has been released from Massachusetts General Hospital and will rejoin the Red Sox on Tuesday in Houston.

Sale was admitted to the hospital on Saturday with a stomach illness, but all indications are that it was a minor issue and he should be fine. The left-hander will be checked out Tuesday before anything is official, but he is lined up to start Game 5 on Thursday in Houston.
Oct 15 - 5:39 PM

Wade Miley will start for the Brewers in NLCS Game 5 on Wednesday on short rest.

Manager Craig Counsell hasn't announced a Game 4 starter yet, but he did say he'll be handing the ball to Miley in Game 5 on three days' rest. The left-hander needed just 74 pitches to get through 5 2/3 scoreless innings in Game 2. The Brewers ultimately figure to go with an "opener" for Game 4 and Counsell is just waiting to see who will be available.
Oct 15 - 5:25 PM

Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Monday that the club has interest in retaining impending free agents Nick Markakis and Kurt Suzuki.

Anthopoulos didn't say whether any negotiations have taken place, but it's safe to assume they'll be in touch soon if they haven't already. While Markakis dropped off during the second half, he still had his best season in several years with a .297/.366/.440 batting line to go along with 14 homers and 93 RBI. He'll turn 35 in November. Suzuki worked as part of a tandem with Tyler Flowers once again while batting .271/.332/.444 with 12 homers and 50 RBI over 105 games. He turned 35 earlier this month.
Oct 15 - 12:04 PM




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