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Sandy Leon is likely to serve as the Red Sox' starting catcher for Game 1 of the World Series against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

While Christian Vazquez has functioned as the team's primary backstop recently, Leon served as Chris Sale's catcher for most of the season, and that's likely to remain the case in the World Series as well. The 29-year-old is hitless in seven at-bats this postseason and hit a cringe-inducing .177/.232/.279 during the regular season.
Source: MLB.com
Oct 21 - 7:07 PM

Steven Wright (knee) threw a simulated game on Sunday without any issues.

How his knee responds to Sunday's session will determine Wright's availability for the World Series. The knuckleballer has been on the shelf since complaining of knee pain after Game 1 of the ALDS.
Oct 21 - 5:00 PM

John Tomase of WEEI.com reports that the stomach issue that caused Chris Sale to miss his start in Game 5 of the ALCS was not due to a problem with his belly button ring.

Sale said Saturday that irritation from a belly button ring was the culprit, but it appears that he was just having a little fun with the media. The left-hander is over the stomach problem that sent him to the hospital and is on track to start Game 1 of the World Series against the Dodgers on Tuesday.
Source: WEEI.com
Oct 21 - 1:16 PM

The Angels on Sunday announced the hiring of Brad Ausmus as their new manager.

Ausmus spent this season in the Angels' front office as a special assistant to general manager Billy Eppler. Before that he managed the Tigers for four seasons, winning 90 games in his first campaign but getting fired after a 64-98 showing in 2017. Ausmus seemingly beat out Eric Chavez -- who was also a special assistant to Eppler before finishing the year as the manager at Triple-A Salt Lake -- for the job. MLB.com's Maria I. Guardado says that Ausmus has been given a three-year contract.
Oct 21 - 1:10 PM

Mookie Betts worked out at second base again on Sunday, practicing double play feeds.

Betts was getting some pointers from Dustin Pedroia. Whether Betts ultimately sees some time at second base in Los Angeles during the World Series remains to be seen, but it's clear that Red Sox manager Alex Cora is seriously considering it. Working in Betts' favor as an option at second is the Red Sox' staff induces a good number of flyballs and the Dodgers strike out a lot. Still, asking the likely AL MVP to handle a position he hasn't started at in four years would be quite a gamble.
Oct 21 - 11:57 AM

Steven Wright (knee) will throw a simulated game Sunday.

He'll also do some pitchers' fielding practice on Monday. Wright is hoping to prove he's healthy enough to be added to the Red Sox' roster for the World Series. The knuckleballer was removed from the ALDS roster after one game due to a nagging left knee injury that will require surgery after the season.
Oct 21 - 11:12 AM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Rangers have told Joe Girardi that he will not get their manager job.

He had previously pulled out of the running for the Reds' job and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic had reported that Girardi is expected to remain in his analyst role at MLB Network. Heyman writes that the "industry speculation" is Girardi will wait a year in hopes that the Cubs job opens up. Still in the running for the Rangers job are Don Wakamatsu, Dusty Wathan, Jayce Tingler, Brandon Hyde, Joe Espada and Rocco Baldelli.
Oct 21 - 11:03 AM

The Reds on Sunday announced the hiring of David Bell as their new manager.

Bell was looking like the likely selection after Joe Girardi pulled out of the running and the Reds made it official Sunday. They will introduce their new skipper at a press conference Monday. Bell was a manager in the Reds' minor league system for four seasons and a coach in the majors from 2012-17 before spending 2018 as the Giants' vice president of player development. He was a finalist for the Rangers and Blue Jays manager jobs, as well. C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports that Bell has been given a three-year contract with a club option for a fourth season.
Oct 21 - 10:25 AM

Cody Bellinger was named NLCS MVP after the Dodgers' Game 7 win over the Brewers on Saturday.

Bellinger hit what was the game-winning homer in the second inning, a two-run jack off Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin that gave the Dodgers a lead they wouldn't relinquish. He hit just .200 in the series, with four RBI, three runs scored and two stolen bases, but the stakes and importance of his Game 7 homer clearly impressed the judges in choosing him as the series MVP. Bellinger and the Dodgers will advance to take on the Red Sox in the World Series, which begins Tuesday in Boston.
Oct 20 - 11:47 PM

Clayton Kershaw fired a scoreless ninth inning Saturday to close out the Dodgers' NLCS Game 7 win over the Brewers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said before the game that Kershaw was a near certainty to pitch at some point, and with a four-run lead he called on his ace to get the final three outs. Kershaw did it with the ease of a long-time closer, getting Travis Shaw to ground out before fanning Jesus Aguilar and Mike Moustakas to end it. The inning was such a breeze for Kershaw -- 15 pitches, nine strikes, little stress -- that it's a near lock that he'll turn around and start Tuesday's World Series Game 1 against the Red Sox in Boston. What a game that should be, too, with Kershaw squaring off against Chris Sale in a battle of two of the game's best.
Oct 20 - 11:37 PM

Christian Yelich hit a solo home run in the first inning of Saturday's NLCS Game 7 loss to the Dodgers.

Yelich yanked a Walker Buehler fastball just over the right field wall -- and the straining glove of right fielder Yasiel Puig -- to energize the Miller Park crowd and give the Brewers an early lead. It would be one of the last things the crowd had to cheer about, as it was all Dodgers from that point on. For his part, Yelich finished the postseason with a pair of homers and just three RBI in 10 games, a disappointing output for the potential NL MVP. His relative struggles in the postseason don't diminish what was a breakout regular season for the 26-year-old, who will enter next spring as a likely first-round draft pick in fantasy leagues.
Oct 20 - 11:31 PM

Cody Bellinger hit a two-run home run, stole a base and scored twice in the Dodgers' NLCS Game 7 win over the Brewers on Saturday.

It's perhaps not the homer everyone will remember -- Yasiel Puig took care of that with a back-breaking three-run shot in the sixth inning, crotch-chopping his way around the bases -- but Bellinger's two-run blast in the second inning ended up being the difference in the game. It was a big one at the time, too, an answer to Christian Yelich's solo homer in the bottom of the first inning that gave the Brewers an early lead. Bellinger's two-run bomb off Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin changed all that. It was a good time for his first homer this postseason, and easily the biggest of his five hits through the team's 11 games. Bellinger is batting just .139/.244/.250 in those 11 games but will have a shot at improving upon those numbers when he and his Dodgers teammates square off with the Red Sox in next week's World Series.
Oct 20 - 11:30 PM

Walker Buehler allowed a lone run over 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision in Saturday's NLCS Game 7 victory over the Brewers.

Christian Yelich turned around a Buehler fastball in the first inning to give the Brewers an early lead, but the young right-hander was nails from there on. He did scatter six hits, but Buehler struck out seven without issuing a walk in the outing. He was a batter away from qualifying for the win, but a Lorenzo Cain single with two outs in the fifth inning prompted manager Dave Roberts to call on Julio Urias to face Yelich. Through three postseason starts, the 24-year-old now has 22 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings of work. He'll surely get at least one more as the Dodgers move on to face the Red Sox in the World Series, which begins Tuesday.
Oct 20 - 11:29 PM

Jhoulys Chacin pitched two innings, allowing a two-run home run among three hits and a walk, in taking the loss in Saturday's Game 7 of the NLCS against the Dodgers.

Chacin worked around a one-out walk to get through the first inning unharmed, but he was less fortunate in the second. After Manny Machado bunted for a hit, Cody Bellinger launched a two-run homer to deep right to give the Dodgers the lead. He'd allowed just one run in his previous three starts combined, accounting for 16 innings in those three starts, but in the win-or-go-home Game 7 manager Craig Counsell had to be proactive and yanked Chacin after those two innings. The 30-year-old enjoyed a tremendously successful year in 2018, going 15-8 with a 3.50 ERA in 35 regular season starts and winning both his postseason starts before Saturday. He'll be back with the Brewers in 2019 on a $6.75 million deal that now looks like a steal for the Milwaukee club.
Oct 20 - 11:28 PM

Yasiel Puig went 3-for-4 with a three-run home run to lead the Dodgers to a 5-1 win in Saturday's NLCS Game 7 against the Brewers.

Puig's night began when he doubled down the right field line in the second inning, and with the Dodgers nursing a one-run lead in the sixth he delivered the biggest blow of the contest with a three-run blast over the left-center field wall. He was hitting .240 with one RBI and two runs scored in 10 postseason games before Saturday's outburst, now batting .310/.412/.517 in 11 playoff contests. Love him or hate him, he's a talent and will once again have a chance to shine on the biggest stage when the World Series starts Tuesday in Boston.
Oct 20 - 11:28 PM



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