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Collin McHugh will start Game 1 of the ALDS against the Royals on Thursday.

He was the likeliest choice with the club having to use Dallas Keuchel in the Wild Card Game. McHugh was up-and-down in September but ultimately earned the assignment with a strong second half that included a 3.11 ERA. He'll take on Yordano Ventura on Thursday. Keuchel will start Game 3, but Houston's Game 2 starter and potential Game 4 starter isn't known yet.
Oct 6 - 11:47 PM

Dallas Keuchel held the Yankees off the scoreboard over six innings as the Astros won Tuesday's American League Wild Card Game 3-0.

Pitching on three days' rest, Keuchel looked a little amped up in the first inning but quickly settled in, ultimately yielding just three singles and one walk while striking out seven. He ran into a little trouble in the sixth with a couple runners reaching, but he got out of it and the bullpen shut down the Yanks over the final three frames. The Astros will play in Kansas City on Thursday in Game 1 of the ALDS, with Keuchel on track to pitch Game 3 when the series goes to Houston.
Oct 6 - 11:42 PM

Luke Gregerson struck out a pair in a perfect ninth inning to close out the Yankees on Tuesday.

It was a painless final frame as Gregerson protected a three-run lead with ease, as he got Carlos Beltran and Alex Rodriguez swinging before Brian McCann grounded out. Seven of the eight pitches he threw went for strikes. Gregerson isn't your prototypical closer but has been rock-solid all season.
Oct 6 - 11:37 PM

Masahiro Tanaka lasted just five innings Tuesday, yielding two runs on four hits and three walks while losing to the Astros.

Tanaka wasn't particularly sharp and was lucky to get through five frames having allowed just the two runs. He served up a couple longballs and managed to escape a bases loaded situation in the second innings. The right-hander needed 83 pitches to cover the five frames and Yankees manager Joe Girardi then went to his bullpen. Tanaka dealt with some injury this year but did manage to successfully pitch through a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament.
Oct 6 - 11:33 PM

Carlos Gomez belted a solo homer in his return to action Tuesday as the Astros beat the Yankees in the American League Wild Card Game.

Masahiro Tanaka hung a first-pitch slider to Gomez to lead off the fourth inning and the outfielder smacked it well over the left-center field wall. Making just his second start in the club's last 21 games due to an intercostal strain, Gomez was noticeably in pain in his third plate appearance and was lifted before being allowed to make another one. He'll surely continue to try and gut it out but is clearly playing compromised.
Oct 6 - 11:29 PM

Colby Rasmus launched a solo homer and drew a walk in Tuesday's win over the Yankees.

Rasmus got the scoring going with a long blast to right field off of Masahiro Tanaka in the second inning. It was one of just five hits on the night for the Astros, but they also drew five walks and managed to scrape together three runs. Rasmus has been wielding a hot power bat of late, having now homered seven times in his last 13 games.
Oct 6 - 11:26 PM

Brett Gardner went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Tuesday's loss to the Astros.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi decided to start Gardner rather than Jacoby Ellsbury and then saw Gardner whiff in all three of his plate appearances versus Dallas Keuchel. Ultimately it probably wouldn't have mattered had Girardi gone with Ellsbury (who popped out as a pinch-hitter) given how well Keuchel pitched. The Yankees had just three singles on the night.
Oct 6 - 11:22 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Walt Weiss will return as the Rockies' manager next season.

Weiss is just 208-278 in his first three seasons in Denver, although the Rockies weren't really built to contend any of those campaigns. He'll be entering the final year of his contract in 2016, so it could be a make-or-break season for the skipper.
Oct 6 - 9:27 PM

Jason Motte (shoulder) has joined the Cubs in Pittsburgh and could be available later in the postseason should the club advance.

Motte has been sidelined since late August with a strained right shoulder and isn't on the Wild Card Game roster. Given how much time he's missed, he's probably a long shot to be added to the roster even if the Cubs have a lengthy playoff run.
Oct 6 - 8:59 PM

Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Tuesday that Josh Hamilton (knee) is "all go, until we say he can't go."

Hamilton is barely over a week removed from his first start in the outfield since left knee surgery, but he started the final four games of the regular season and won't face any restrictions in the playoffs. "Josh, essentially, it's all go, until we say he can't go," Banister said. "That's the way we treat it with all of our players." Hamilton is 6-for-26 (.231) with a couple homers in 10 games since his return.
Oct 6 - 8:46 PM

Clayton Kershaw will start Game 1 of the NLDS against the Mets.

Zack Greinke has had a Cy Young-worthy season, but so has Kershaw and he's the obvious choice for Game 1. Kershaw will be looking to improve upon his career 5.12 postseason ERA as he matches up against Jacob deGrom in Game 1. He'll be followed by Greinke and Brett Anderson.
Oct 6 - 7:36 PM

The Marlins will move in and shorten the height of the fences at Marlins Park before the 2016 season.

There had been rumors that they were considering a change and now the decision is official. The club still intends for Marlins Park to be pitcher-friendly, but president David Samson wants "to make it more fair." It's obviously good news for Marlins hitters, especially for a slugger like Giancarlo Stanton.
Source: Miami Herald
Oct 6 - 6:49 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Royals are likelier to start Chris Young than Kris Medlen in Game 4 of the ALDS.

That's if they're leading the series, as they'll probably go with Yordano Ventura on short rest if they're facing elimination. Young has made only two starts since the beginning of August, as he had been moved to the bullpen. The veteran right-hander boasts a 3.18 ERA in 18 starts this season.
Oct 6 - 5:59 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Royals are prepared to start Yordano Ventura in Game 4 of the ALDS if they're facing elimination.

Morosi says that part of the reason they're going with Ventura over Johnny Cueto in Game 1 is because they think Ventura is the best suited of their starters to pitch on short rest. Edinson Volquez is lined up to pitch Game 3, with Chris Young likely to take the ball in Game 4 if Kansas City doesn't go with Ventura.
Oct 6 - 5:54 PM

Mark Saxon of considers it "highly unlikely" that Yasiel Puig will start over Andre Ethier or Carl Crawford versus a righty.

That means he might only get one start in the NLDS, as Steven Matz is the lone lefty projected to be in the Mets' rotation. Even he isn't guaranteed a start, as he's battling back spasms. It's no surprise that the Dodgers are leaning toward having Puig come off the bench, though, as Puig has made just one start over the last six weeks due to a hamstring injury.
Oct 6 - 5:17 PM

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