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James Shields allowed four runs over five innings in the Royals' 9-8 extra-innings victory over the Athletics in Tuesday's Wild Card Game.

Shields served up a two-run shot to Brandon Moss in the first inning but then held the A's off the scoreboard for the next four frames. However, manager Ned Yost elected to pull him after a single and a walk to start off the sixth, and Yordano Ventura promptly gave up a gopher ball to Moss. The Royals battled back to tie it in the ninth and eventually won it on a walk-off single from Salvador Perez in the 12th. Shields will likely start Game 3 of the ALDS against the Angels on Sunday.
Oct 1 - 1:34 AM

Sean Doolittle yielded a run in the ninth inning to blow the save in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

Doolittle didn't pitch poorly, as he gave up a bloop single to Josh Willingham to start the inning and then watched the Royals score following a sac bunt, stolen base and sac fly. He then stayed in to pitch a scoreless 10th inning. The A's took the lead again in the 12th inning, but Dan Otero and Jason Hammel combined to surrender a pair of runs.
Oct 1 - 1:27 AM

Jon Lester was charged with six runs over 7 1/3 innings in Tuesday's Wild Card Game loss to the Royals.

Lester really settled in after a rocky start, but A's manager Bob Melvin stuck with him too long in the eighth inning after he was well past 100 pitches. He wound up getting charged with three runs that frame, two of which that scored after he exited. It wasn't the ideal finish for the impending free agent, but Lester will still get a boatload of cash this winter.
Oct 1 - 1:22 AM

Salvador Perez made his one hit Tuesday count, as he delivered a two-out, walk-off RBI single in the 12th inning of the Wild Card Game win over the Athletics.

Perez was having an awful game up to that point, going 0-for-5 with a couple strikeouts, including one in the eighth with the tying run on third base and one out. He finally came through in extras, though, pulling a ball down the third-base line just past Josh Donaldson to score Christian Colon from second base. The Royals will face the Angels in the ALDS.
Oct 1 - 1:14 AM

Eric Hosmer went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a pair of runs scored in Tuesday's Wild Card Game win over the Athletics.

Hosmer put the Royals ahead with an RBI single in the third, scored a run to pull them within one in the eighth and scored following a leadoff triple in the 12th. Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain, Billy Butler and Omar Infante also tallied multi-hit efforts, with Cain and Butler driving in a couple runs apiece.
Oct 1 - 1:10 AM

Brandon Moss had a two-run homer and a three-run shot in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

Moss did all he could, getting the A's on board with a two-run blast in the first inning before putting them ahead with a three-run dinger in the sixth. He also drew a walk in one of his six plate appearances. It wasn't enough in the back-and-forth game, though, as the Royals ultimately prevailed in extras. Moss had just two longballs since the beginning of August before smacking a pair Tuesday.
Oct 1 - 1:03 AM

Coco Crisp left Tuesday's game against the Royals with a right hamstring injury.

Crisp tweaked his hamstring on a swing in the top of the 11th. He took the field for the bottom of the frame but decided he couldn't go. It's an ailment that could conceivably keep him out a while if the A's advance, but more should be known about his status after the game.
Oct 1 - 12:14 AM

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said Tuesday that the club will considering re-signing Franklin Gutierrez to a minor league contract.

Gutierrez didn't play at all this season after being diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis. He's averaged just 58 games played per season from 2011-13 due to a variety of health issues but isn't ready to call it a career. "He’s in Florida, working out. He has some interest in coming back next year. We’re going to talk to him and we’ll see what happens," Zduriencik said. "He left in a good frame of mind. We’ll have to see where it’s at, but he’s spoken to our guys more than once about his desire in coming back next year. It would be as a non-roster player."
Source: MLBlogs.com
Sep 30 - 9:38 PM

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said Tuesday that pitching prospect Danny Hultzen (shoulder) "should be" 100 percent for spring training.

Making his way back from rotator cuff surgery, Hultzen threw well in his third and final instructional league outing Tuesday and will now be shut down until spring training. "They said it was really impressive," Zduriencik said. "He feels really good and is now shut down. He’s finished for the fall. He showed an average fastball, really good curve and changeup. He was confident and his delivery is sound. So he’ll go home and come back in January and be ready for Spring Training."
Source: MLBlogs.com
Sep 30 - 9:33 PM

Geovany Soto left Tuesday's Wild Card Game against the Royals with a left thumb injury.

Soto injured the thumb while making a tag at home plate in the bottom of the first inning. He remained in the game for a bit longer but eventually had to exit. The A's should update his status after the game, but it's possible he won't be able to play in the ALDS if the A's advance. Derek Norris replaced him behind the plate.
Sep 30 - 9:03 PM

Russell Martin revealed Tuesday that the ailment he's dealing with is actually an aggravation of a groin injury from earlier this season.

The Pirates have been referring to it as a strained left hamstring and also said the month he missed earlier this season was due to the hamstring, but Martin says it's a strained left adductor magnus. He originally suffered the groin strain more than eight months ago while helping a friend run a youth baseball camp. He's not 100 percent, but the ailment isn't going to keep him out of Wednesday's Wild Card Game. "I'm not the only guy who'll be on the field who's banged up," Martin said. "Those two days off helped. I should feel pretty good."
Sep 30 - 8:57 PM

Braves hitting coach Greg Walker has resigned.

The Braves finished in the middle of the pack in runs scored for the first two years of Walker's tenure, but they sunk all the way to 29th this season. Walker was previously the White Sox' hitting coach from 2003-11.
Sep 30 - 7:37 PM

Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com reports that it "appears quite likely" the Dodgers would start Clayton Kershaw on short rest in a potential NLDS Game 4.

Manager Don Mattingly side-stepped the question Tuesday, saying "we wouldn’t even think about it until we see what would happen in Game 1 or what kind of situation we’ll be in." However, Mattingly used Kershaw on short rest in last year's NLDS and the left-hander pitched well. Also, Kershaw threw a simulated game Sunday, four days after his final regular season start, a move Saxon thinks is "seemingly intended to get his body used to short rest." Using Kershaw in Game 4 would mean he and Zack Greinke would start four times if the NLDS went five games. The club is hoping Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) is ready for Game 3. If Ryu is ready and Kershaw goes on short rest, Dan Haren would be ticketed for long relief.
Sep 30 - 7:12 PM

Travis Ishikawa will start in left field for Wednesday's Wild Card game.

With Angel Pagan (back) done for the season and Michael Morse's (oblique) status looking iffy, at best, the Giants are scrambling in left and center field. Gregor Blanco will hold down center, and Ishikawa will be in left after starting three of the last four games of the regular season there. His experience as an outfielder is limited, but manager Bruce Bochy obviously feels comfortable enough with the 31-year-old.
Sep 30 - 6:50 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday that Michael Morse (oblique) is "doubtful" to be on the club's National League Wild Card roster.

There had been a possibility of him being on there as a potential pinch-hitter, but even that is looking unlikely. Morse has been battling a strained left oblique all month and it's looking like he might not be much of a factor this postseason even if the Giants advance.
Sep 30 - 6:44 PM



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