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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

Walker Buehler fanned eight while being charged with four runs over seven innings Monday in the Dodgers’ NLCS Game 3 loss to the Brewers.

Buehler issued a one-out walk to Christian Yelich in the first inning and then Ryan Braun made him pay for a hanging breaking ball with an RBI double into the corner. The rookie right-hander was untouchable for the next four frames before Travis Shaw stung one for a two-out triple in the sixth (although it was misplayed by Cody Bellinger) and then scored on a wild pitch (another ball that Yasmani Grandal was unable to block). Buehler came back out for the seventh and gave up an Erik Kratz double and Orlando Arcia two-run homer. The Dodgers will turn to Rich Hill in Game 4 as they attempt to avoid falling into a 3-1 hole.
Oct 15 - 11:30 PM

Jeremy Jeffress loaded the bases in the ninth inning but hung on to close out the Brewers' 4-0 win over the Dodgers on Monday.

Manager Craig Counsell elected to turn to Jeffress for the ninth inning even though he's been shaky this postseason and Josh Hader needed only eight pitches to strike out the final two batters of the eighth. The decision was looking iffy after a single and double to lead off the frame and a walk to load the bases with one out. However, Jeffress rebounded to strike out Yasmani Grandal swinging and Brian Dozier looking to end it. Jeffress has struck out eight over 5 2/3 innings this postseason but has allowed four runs and a whopping 13 hits.
Oct 15 - 11:30 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

Manny Machado reached base three times in Monday's loss to the Brewers.

Machado singled in the second inning and then doubled in the ninth as the Dodgers initially looked like they might rally. He had two of his team's five hits on the night. Machado also drew a walk in the fourth but then was called out for runner's interference when he grabbed Orlando Arcia's leg while sliding into second base, resulting in a double play. The impending free agent has put together a big postseason so far.
Oct 15 - 11:14 PM

Eduardo Nunez will start for the Red Sox at third base in Game 3 of the ALCS on Tuesday.

Rafael Devers got the call at third base in Game 2 and reached base three times and scored two runs, but manager Alex Cora will turn back to Nunez with the Astros throwing lefty Dallas Keuchel. Nunez is just 2-for-14 at the plate so far this postseason, but Cora prefers his defense to Devers'.
Oct 15 - 7:15 PM

The Rangers interviewed Rays coach Rocco Baldelli and Giants vice president of player development David Bell on Monday.

Baldelli and Bell are also candidates for the Reds' job, as well. The Rangers have also interviewed Joe Girardi, Jayce Tingler, Brandon Hyde and Joe Espada and they're expected to talk to Dusty Wathan this week.
Oct 15 - 6:49 PM

Dean Kiekhefer has elected free agency.

Kiekhefer was removed from the A's 40-man roster and has decided to test out free agency rather than accept an outright assignment. The left-handed reliever holds a 6.38 ERA over 30 appearances in the majors.
Oct 15 - 6:29 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

Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM in Chicago reports that the Giants "have shown real interest" in Cubs executive Jason McLeod for their vacant general manager job.

McLeod has been with the Cubs since 2012 and is currently their vice president of player development and amateur scouting. He has also been connected to the Mets' GM job and has interviewed for GM gigs in the past.
Oct 15 - 5:19 PM

Brian McCann will start Game 3 of the ALCS on Tuesday.

He'll have caught both of Dallas Keuchel's starts, with Martin Maldonado starting the other four games. Tony Kemp will also get his first start of the series.
Oct 15 - 5:11 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said he's considering using Jose Altuve as the team's designated hitter in Game 3 of the ALCS on Tuesday.

Altuve landed on the disabled list back in July with a right knee injury and he banged the knee up again in Game 2 of the ALDS. Worth noting is that he's gone just 4-for-18 at the plate since that game, but it won't keep him out of the lineup unless it gets worse. The Astros could stick Marwin Gonzalez at second base if Altuve is the DH, although Gonzalez is also banged up after colliding with the outfield wall in Game 2 of the ALCS. Tony Kemp will get a start either in left field or the DH spot.
Oct 15 - 5:01 PM



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