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Brian Dozier will start at second base and hit fifth in Game 4 of the NLCS on Tuesday versus the Brewers.

It's the first start of the playoffs for Dozier, who struggled mightily down the final stretch of the regular season. Enrique Hernandez is in center field and David Freese is at third base, with Cody Bellinger riding the pine against Brewers left-hander Gio Gonzalez. Here is the full Game 4 lineup for the host Dodgers: Chris Taylor LF, Justin Turner 3B, David Freese 1B, Manny Machado SS, Brian Dozier 2B, Enrique Hernandez CF, Yasiel Puig RF, Austin Barnes C, Rich Hill SP.
Oct 16 - 5:42 PM

Jonathan Schoop is starting at second base and batting sixth in Game 4 of the NLCS on Tuesday night against the Dodgers.

It'll be the first action of the series for Schoop. Travis Shaw is on the bench, with Mike Moustakas playing third base and Jesus Aguilar at first base. Here is the full lineup for the Brewers, who are going up against left-hander Rich Hill: Lorenzo Cain CF, Christian Yelich RF, Ryan Braun LF, Jesus Aguilar 1B, Mike Moustakas 3B, Jonathan Schoop 2B, Manny Pina C, Orlando Arcia SS, Gio Gonzalez SP.
Oct 16 - 5:32 PM

Marcell Ozuna will meet with a specialist in Los Angeles later this month to determine the next course of treatment for his right shoulder.

Ozuna dealt with shoulder discomfort throughout the 2018 season and often looked hesitant on throws from the outfield. He's not expected to require surgery, as that almost certainly would have already taken place. The 27-year-old will be looking to rebound in 2019 -- a contract year for him -- after mostly disappointing in his first season with St. Louis. He finished with a .758 OPS, 23 home runs, and 88 RBI in 148 games, after putting up a .924 OPS with 37 homers and 124 RBI in 159 games with the Marlins in 2017.
Oct 16 - 5:02 PM

Cardinals president John Mozeliak said Tuesday that he expects to have a conversation in the coming weeks with Rick Ankiel about finding "common ground on a contract."

Ankiel announced in August that he will attempt a comeback with the hope of contributing to a team as a lefty specialist in 2019. He is 39 years old and hasn't pitched professionally since 2004, but the former major league starter and outfielder looked sharp in a relief appearance at the Bluegrass World Series this summer. There's little-to-no risk to the Cardinals trying him out on a non-guaranteed minor league deal and spring training invite.
Oct 16 - 4:46 PM

John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Reds "have or will shortly narrow" their list of managerial candidates from 12 to about three or four.

The Reds won't disclose the name of the finalists because some of their candidates are interviewing with other teams. However, Fay names former Red Sox manager John Farrell as the top internal candidate and Giants director of player development David Bell as the leading candidate from outside the organization. Jim Riggleman served as the interim manager after Bryan Price was fired, but he said Tuesday that he hasn't heard anything from the team since interviewing the day after the regular season ended.
Oct 16 - 1:06 PM

Jose Oquendo will not return to the Cardinals' coaching staff in 2019.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Oquendo will continue on with the organization with a position in Jupiter, Florida. With Oquendo moving on, Pop Warner will serve as the third base coach while Oliver Marmol will switch from first base coach to bench coach under Mike Shildt. Mark Budaska will remain as assistant hitting coach while hitting coach George Greer will shift into a minor league role. This means that the Cardinals will look for a main hitting coach.
Oct 16 - 12:49 PM

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

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



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