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Ben Zobrist is out of the lineup for Game 4 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Wednesday.

Jayson Heyward is also out of the lineup for the Cubs against southpaw Alex Wood for the Dodgers. The Cubs will go with Albert Almora CF, Kyle Schwarber LF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Willson Contreras C, Addison Russell SS, Javy Baez 2B, Jony Jay RF, and Jake Arrieta on the mound.
Oct 18 - 4:18 PM

Former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire interviewed for the Red Sox managerial opening on Wednesday.

Gardenhire spent 2017 as the bench coach for the Diamondbacks. He joins Alex Cora and former Tigers' manager Brad Ausmus as candidates who have interviewed for the position. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has said he does not have a timetable for when he'll make a decision on the job.
Oct 18 - 4:14 PM

Jose Peraza will spend time working at shortstop this fall in the Venezuelan Winter League.

It makes sense, as Zack Cozart is unlikely to return to the Reds as he enters free agency this fall. The former Dodgers and Braves prospect struggled to a .259/.297/.324 line this year, but he did steal 23 bases, and more consistent playing time could help him put up more steals and better numbers at the plate. That's the hope, anyway.
Source: MLB.com
Oct 18 - 4:10 PM

Brandon Finnegan feels "completely healed" in both of his shoulders ahead of the 2018 season.

"I've got more rotation in my right shoulder than I had before I got hurt. That's a good thing. I'll start working out in November and throwing in December. I'll keep up with my running, and that's it," Finnegan said. The left-hander didn't pitch after June 26, and he'd be a welcome addition to the Reds' rotation or bullpen if he truly is ready to go this spring.
Source: MLB.com
Oct 18 - 4:05 PM

Tony La Russa and the Diamondbacks have officially parted ways.

The writing was on the wall last winter when the Diamondbacks restructured their front office and demoted La Russa from chief baseball officer to "chief baseball analyst and advisor." He had a nearly four-year run in Arizona, after spending over three decades as a manager of the White Sox (1979-1986), Athletics (1986-1995), and Cardinals (1996-2011). "I am grateful to everyone in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization for the opportunity to complete my baseball education," La Russa said in a statement Wednesday.
Oct 18 - 2:49 PM

Twins pitching prospect Tyler Jay did not end up requiring surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome.

In fact, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says the 2015 first-rounder has looked "lights out" so far in the Arizona Fall League. Jay was limited to 11 2/3 total minor league innings this season due to lingering left shoulder trouble, but it appears he'll carry a clean bill of health into 2018. The 23-year-old is expected to operate as a full-time reliever moving forward.
Oct 18 - 2:40 PM

MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports that the Twins will not exercise their $6.5 million club option on left-handed reliever Glen Perkins.

Perkins will get a $750,000 buyout instead. It was a no-brainer decision for the Twins after the 34-year-old southpaw surrendered six earned runs on five walks and eight hits over just 5 2/3 innings this season. He's battled serious shoulder problems for the past couple of years and there is talk that he might retire.
Oct 18 - 2:12 PM

Brian McCann will start at catcher and bat ninth in Game 5 of the ALCS on Wednesday against the Yankees.

It's the same exact starting lineup the Astros deployed in Game 4 of the ALCS: George Springer CF, Josh Reddick RF, Jose Altuve 2B, Carlos Correa SS, Yulieski Gurriel 1B, Alex Bregman 3B, Carlos Beltran DH, Marwin Gonzalez LF, Brian McCann C. Dallas Keuchel will be on the mound for Houston, facing off against Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka.
Oct 18 - 2:01 PM

Chase Headley is serving as the Yankees' DH and batting ninth in Game 5 of the ALCS on Wednesday against the Astros.

Matt Holliday started at DH in Game 1 of the ALCS against Dallas Keuchel, who is also pitching Game 5 for the Astros, but Headley will get the nod here. The full lineup for New York: Brett Gardner LF, Aaron Judge RF, Gary Sanchez C, Didi Gregorius SS, Aaron Hicks CF, Starlin Castro 2B, Greg Bird 1B, Todd Frazier 3B, Chase Headley DH. Masahiro Tanaka will be on the mound.
Oct 18 - 1:17 PM

Willson Contreras (forearm) is expected to be ready for Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday.

Contreras made an early exit from Tuesday's Game 3 loss to the Dodgers after taking a Mike Montgomery pitch off his forearm in the top of the eighth inning. Barring significant overnight swelling, the 25-year-old catcher should be near the heart of the Cubs' order on Wednesday with the season on the line. Los Angeles leads 3-0 in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series.
Oct 18 - 8:54 AM

Kenley Jansen retired all three batters he faced in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday as the Dodgers beat the Cubs in Game 3 of the NLCS.

Jansen was brought into a 6-1 game after Ross Stripling gave up back-to-back hits to open the bottom of the ninth and the hard-throwing closer needed just 12 total pitches to put out the fire and seal the big Game 3 victory for Los Angeles. Jansen has not allowed a run in the 2017 postseason and he holds a 12/1 K/BB ratio in seven innings.
Oct 18 - 12:49 AM

Kyle Schwarber hit a solo homer and drew a walk in the Cubs' NLCS Game 3 loss to the Dodgers.

Schwarber gave Chicago an early 1-0 lead with his opposite-field solo shot to left field in the bottom of the first inning, but the Cubs wouldn't score another run in the 6-1 defeat at Wrigley Field. They're now down 0-3 to Los Angeles in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series.
Oct 18 - 12:46 AM

Andre Ethier went 2-for-4 with a home run Tuesday in the Dodgers' NLCS Game 3 win over the Cubs.

Ethier got Los Angeles on the board with a game-tying solo shot to right field in the top of the second inning before hitting a single to center in the top of the fifth. The veteran outfielder was making his first start of the 2017 postseason and it was a surprise to see him batting fifth in this one, but he certainly rewarded manager Dave Roberts' trust.
Oct 18 - 12:43 AM

Yu Darvish worked 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball Tuesday as the Dodgers beat the Cubs in Game 3 of the NLCS.

Darvish gave up an opposite-field solo homer to Kyle Schwarber in the bottom of the first inning but settled in nicely from there, needing just 81 total pitches to secure 19 outs. He struck out seven and issued only one walk. Darvish also tallied his first career postseason RBI on a bases-loaded walk in the top of the sixth. That manager Dave Roberts let the longtime American Leaguer hit for himself in that spot is indicative of how sharp he looked. Darvish boasts a 1.59 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, and 14/1 K/BB ratio in 11 1/3 innings (two starts) this postseason and Los Angeles leads 3-0 in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series.
Oct 18 - 12:43 AM

Kyle Hendricks allowed four runs -- three earned -- over five-plus innings Tuesday as the Cubs lost to the Dodgers in Game 3 of the NLCS.

Kyle Schwarber put Chicago ahead 1-0 with a solo shot in the bottom of the first inning, but Hendricks couldn't make it stick. Andre Ethier went yard in the top of the second and then Chris Taylor took the game over for the visiting Dodgers, homering in the top of the third and smacking an RBI triple in the top of the fifth. Los Angeles went on to win 6-1, jumping out to a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Oct 18 - 12:43 AM



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