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Yasmany Tomas' agent Jay Alou tweeted Thursday that his client has been declared a free agent.

Tomas was officially cleared for employment in the United States last month and now Major League Baseball has given him the go-ahead to sign with a team. The 23-year-old Cuban outfielder is expected to command more than $100 million. He's drawn heavy interest from the Phillies, Mets, Rangers, Padres, Yankees, Diamondbacks, and Giants.
Oct 2 - 12:23 PM

Jordan Zimmermann will start for the Nationals in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Giants.

No surprise here. Zimmermann no-hit the Marlins in his final regular-season start on Sunday and will face off against Tim Hudson this Saturday in the nation's capital. Washington will toss Stephen Strasburg in Game 1 on Friday and Doug Fister in Game 3 on Monday. If a Game 4 is necessary, Gio Gonzalez will get the nod.

Kyle Lobstein is on the Tigers' active roster for their ALDS matchup against the Orioles.

Lobstein surrendered six earned runs over 4 2/3 innings in his final regular-season start, finishing with a rough 4.35 ERA, but the Tigers want him around in the best-of-five Division Series as a long relief option. Jim Johnson, Tyler Collins, and Blaine Hardy did not make the Tigers' roster for the ALDS.
Oct 2 - 11:25 AM

Rajai Davis (groin) is on the Tigers' ALDS roster.

That's not a surprise, but it still remains to be seen whether he can start in Game 1 on Thursday night in Baltimore. Davis suffered a Grade 1 groin strain last weekend. He ran and played catch Wednesday.
Oct 2 - 11:23 AM

Tim Hudson is scheduled to start for the Giants in Game 2 of their NLDS matchup with the Nationals.

Jake Peavy is taking Game 1 and Madison Bumgarner, who threw a shutout in Wednesday night's Wild Card Game defeat of the Pirates, will start NLDS Game 3. Hudson, 39, registered a 3.57 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 120/34 K/BB ratio across 189 1/3 regular-season innings.
Oct 2 - 11:00 AM

Orioles GM Dan Duquette said Thursday that Chris Davis may be activated if the club advances to the ALCS.

Davis was suspended September 12 for amphetamines and has to sit out of the Orioles' first eight playoff games, so the decision will probably come down to how long the ALDS goes. Davis struggled during the regular season, batting .196 with a .704 OPS. But he still managed to slug 26 homers in 127 games and could be a weapon for the O's if they make a deep October run.
Oct 2 - 10:48 AM

Ubaldo Jimenez is on the Orioles' roster for their ALDS matchup against the Tigers.

Jimenez had an ugly 4.81 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 125 1/3 total innings this season, but he pitched pretty well in September and the O's feel he can be a useful option in long relief. Brad Brach also made the roster. Brian Matusz and T.J. McFarland did not.
Oct 2 - 10:44 AM

Phillies prospect Adam Morgan (shoulder) has been cleared to pitch in the Arizona Fall League.

Morgan underwent surgery last January to repair a tear in his left rotator cuff and wound up missing the entire 2014 season, but he's been making appearances in instructional league games over the past couple of weeks and should be 100 percent in Phillies camp next spring. The 24-year-old southpaw owns a 3.25 ERA and 269 strikeouts in 290 2/3 career minor league innings.
Oct 2 - 9:51 AM

Jake Peavy will start for the Giants in Game 1 of their NLDS matchup against the Nationals.

Madison Bumgarner started Wednesday's Wild Card Game, hurling a nine-inning shutout at the Pirates, so he won't be available until NLDS Game 3. Peavy posted an outstanding 2.17 ERA in 78 2/3 innings for the Giants after the July 26 trade that got him out of Boston. He'll need to be at his best against Nats ace Stephen Strasburg.
Oct 2 - 9:27 AM

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said Wednesday that prospect D.J. Peterson will get a "fair shot" to crack the Opening Day roster next spring.

Peterson, the M's first-round pick in 2013, posted a .912 OPS with 31 home runs and 111 RBI in 123 games this season between High-A High Desert and Double-A Jackson. "His age and experience might be working against him," Zduriencik said, "but this is also a pretty good hitter. You don't shut the door on it. You leave it open and see what he does." Peterson will likely be auditioning at first base, as he's blocked at third in Seattle by Kyle Seager.
Oct 2 - 9:12 AM

Kevin Siegrist won't be on the Cardinals' NLDS roster.

Siegrist struggled through forearm and shoulder issues throughout the 2014 campaign and wound up posting a rough 6.82 ERA and 1.58 WHIP in 37 appearances. The hard-throwing 25-year-old lefty remains a promising talent, but he needs a full offseason rest.
Oct 2 - 8:58 AM

Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports the Mariners are likely to buy out the 2015 option for Justin Smoak.

Smoak has a $3.65 million club option for 2015, and it will cost the M's $150,000 to buy out that final year. Smoak, 27, never reached his full potential in Seattle, hitting .202/.275/.339 in 80 games this year. His pedigree may earn him another major league deal, but Smoak will be hard-pressed to find a starting gig on the free agent market this winter.
Oct 1 - 11:44 PM

Rob Bradford of WEEI.com hears from multiple sources that Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo will interview with the Rangers for their vacant managerial position.

Lovullo was also considered for the Astros' open job before they hired A.J. Hinch. Tim Bogar, Mike Maddux and Steve Buechele are the known candidates for the Rangers position currently.
Source: WEEI.com
Oct 1 - 11:32 PM

Madison Bumgarner struck out 10 in a complete-game, 8-0 shutout of the Pirates in the National League Wild Card Game Wednesday.

Bumgarner didn't need to be dominant, but he was anyway. The left-hander gave up just four hits, all singles, and walked one, using 109 pitches to get through the game. October baseball is becoming old hat for Bumgarner at this point, as the 25-year-old already has seven postseason starts in his career. Bumgarner is on track to make the start for the Giants in NLDS Game 3 against the Nationals.
Oct 1 - 11:26 PM

Brandon Crawford hit a grand slam in the fourth inning of the Giants' win over the Pirates in Wednesday's Wild Card Game.

Of all the unlikely heroes in a one-game playoff, Crawford may have been among the unlikeliest. But there he was, pulling an Edinson Volquez curveball into the right field stands for a grand slam that gave the Giants the lead and ultimately the victory. Crawford finished 1-for-5 in the game, but he can go hitless until 2015 and still have earned his spot in the lineup this postseason.
Oct 1 - 11:23 PM



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