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Javier Baez is out of the Cubs' starting lineup for Game 3 of the NLCS on Tuesday versus the Dodgers.

Baez is 0-for-19 with eight strikeouts and two walks so far in the 2017 playoffs. Ben Zobrist will start at second base and bat leadoff Tuesday night against Los Angeles right-hander Yu Darvish.
Oct 17 - 4:16 PM

Ben Zobrist is batting leadoff for the Cubs in Game 3 of the NLCS on Tuesday against the Dodgers.

It's a somewhat new-look lineup for the Cubs, who are down 0-2 in the best-of-seven series and facing right-hander Yu Darvish on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field: Ben Zobrist 2B, Kyle Schwarber LF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Willson Contreras C, Jon Jay CF, Addison Russell SS, Jason Heyward RF, Kyle Hendricks SP.
Oct 17 - 4:12 PM

Hanley Ramirez is expected to be ready for the start of next season after undergoing a left shoulder arthroscopy and debridement Tuesday.

Ramirez revealed the news of his operation himself on Twitter and the Red Sox have now provided more details on the procedure. The designated hitter has battled nagging shoulder issues for a while now and is coming off a disappointing 2017 campaign that saw him bat only .242/.320/.429 with 23 homers. He'll turn 34 years old in December.
Oct 17 - 3:53 PM

Eduardo Rodriguez won't return to pitching for approximately six months after having a right knee patellofemoral ligament reconstruction on Tuesday.

Rodriguez has been plagued by a chronic knee problem off and on for the last four years. Obviously, he's going to get a late start to the 2018 season after this procedure. How much time he'll spend on the disabled list remains to be seen. Rodriguez posted a 4.19 ERA and 150/50 K/BB ratio over 137 1/3 innings this year.
Oct 17 - 3:49 PM

Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports that the Padres have requested to interview Chili Davis for their vacant hitting coach position.

Drellich says Davis will interview Wednesday. San Diego fired former hitting coach Alan Zinter last month. There could be multiple teams interested in Davis, who helped the Red Sox to No. 4 in runs scored in 2015, No. 1 in 2016 and No. 10 in 2017.
Oct 17 - 2:23 PM

Brian McCann is starting at catcher and batting ninth for the Astros in Tuesday's ALCS Game 4 versus the Yankees.

Evan Gattis got the start behind the plate in Game 3, but it's McCann back in there Tuesday. The Astros also have Carlos Beltran in the designated hitter spot. Their full batting order looks like this: George Springer CF, Josh Reddick RF, Jose Altuve 2B, Carlos Correa SS, Yulieski Gurriel 1B, Alex Bregman 3B, Beltran DH, Marwin Gonzalez LF, McCann C.
Oct 17 - 1:49 PM

Austin Romine is starting at catcher and batting ninth for the Yankees in Tuesday's ALCS Game 4 versus the Astros.

Gary Sanchez, who is in the midst of a 0-for-16 skid, is in the designated hitter spot. That means Jacoby Ellsbury, Chase Headley and Matt Holliday are all on the bench. The Yankees' full lineup is as follows: Brett Gardner LF, Aaron Judge RF, Didi Gregorius SS, Sanchez DH, Greg Bird 1B, Starlin Castro 2B, Aaron Hicks CF, Todd Frazier 3B, Romine C.
Oct 17 - 1:12 PM

Hanley Ramirez underwent surgery on his left shoulder Tuesday.

Ramirez said after the season that he didn't expect to need shoulder surgery even though he's dealt with nagging shoulder issues for a while now. However, obviously something changed. The exact nature of the procedure isn't known at this point, nor is how long he will need to rehab. However, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston hears that the surgery was "considered relatively minor." The Red Sox should eventually reveal more details.
Oct 17 - 1:08 PM

MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports that former Rockies manager Walt Weiss "is among the possible replacements" to be added to the Braves' coaching staff.

Bowman says Weiss could be the team's new bench coach, replacing Terry Pendleton. First base coach Eddie Perez and pitching coach Chuck Hernandez are also candidates to be let go, although the club hasn't announced any staff changes yet. Weiss didn't coach anywhere this season after managing the Rockies from 2013-16.
Oct 17 - 11:44 AM

Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post writes that the Nationals and manager Dusty Baker "had worked toward an extension" at midseason before "negotiations sputtered."

Svrluga says the reason talks broke down is because of a story that came out in which Baker expressed frustration an extension hadn't been worked out yet, and that "displeased the ownership group of the Lerner family." He adds that before the NLDS a deal was supposed to still get done, but that, of course, was before the Nats failed to win a postseason series yet again. Baker has led Washington to two division titles in his two years as manager, but they've fallen in NLDS Game 5 both times. The Nationals are known to take hard stances in contract negotiations with managers (it's why talks with Bud Black broke down two years ago and they wound up hiring Baker), and no skipper has lasted three full seasons since the team arrived in D.C. in 2005. It appears that Baker returning is truly up in the air at this point.
Oct 17 - 11:09 AM

Dustin Pedroia will decide within the next few days whether or not to undergo surgery on his ailing left knee.

Pedroia has been advised by specialists in New York and Boston and now must decide whether to go under the knife. It's not clear what type of surgery he would have if he does decide to have an operation, but Pedroia said last week that "the recovery is a long time." We should know before the end of the week as to what direction the second baseman will take.
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 17 - 10:09 AM

CC Sabathia came up big for the Yankees on Monday, spinning six shutout frames in an 8-1 ALCS Game 3 victory over the Astros.

Sabathia struck out nine while yielding just two runs over 4 1/3 innings in the Yanks’ ALDS Game 5 clincher over the Indians, but he gave the Bombers an even bigger boost in this one. The left-hander walked four batters, but he struck out five and yielded a mere three hits on the night, with none of them going for extra bases. It’s the first time since Pedro Martinez in 2009 that a pitcher 37 years or older went at least six shutout innings in a postseason start. Sabathia would be in line to start Game 7 for the Yankees, should the series get there.
Oct 17 - 12:06 AM

Charlie Morton lasted just 3 2/3 innings and was charged with seven runs in Monday’s loss to the Yankees.

Morton deserved a much better fate in this one. In the second inning, the Yankees got a two-out infield single and a bloop single ahead of a one-handed, three-run homer from Todd Frazier that just cleared the short wall in right field. In the fourth, Cameron Maybin misplayed a ball into a double and the Yanks cashed in a run on a 15-hopper that barely left the infield. Morton was pulled after hitting the next batter to load the bases and then watched three more runs get charged to his ledger after Will Harris threw a wild pitch and served up a three-run homer. It’s unfortunate that Morton wound up with an ugly line in a playoff start where he actually pitched pretty well.
Oct 17 - 12:05 AM

Aaron Judge clubbed a three-run homer in the Yankees' ALCS Game 3 victory over the Astros on Monday.

Judge entered the night hitting just .129/.270/.258 with 19 strikeouts this postseason and he hadn't gone deep since the Wild Card Game versus the Twins. He struck out on three pitches in his first plate appearance, but he walked in the third inning and in the fourth turned around a Will Harris fastball, lining it just over the left-field wall. Judge also had a pair of nice defensive plays, including one where he made a jumping catch before slamming into the outfield wall.
Oct 17 - 12:03 AM

Todd Frazier belted a three-run home run and scored a pair of runs in Monday's win over the Astros.

Frazier basically just flicked his wrists and one-handed a ball just over the right-field wall for a three-run shot in the second inning off of Charlie Morton. It wouldn't have been a home run at any park other than Yankee Stadium, but we doubt Frazier cares. It's Frazier's first longball of the postseason, although he did have an RBI double in Game 2 of the ALCS.
Oct 16 - 11:58 PM



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