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Luis Severino allowed three runs in 4 2/3 innings and took a loss to the Astros in Game 6 of the ALCS on Friday.

He was pumping heat and an un-hittable slider through the first four innings before faltering in the fifth. His control deserted him as he walked Alex Bregman and Evan Gattis prior to a Brian McCann ground-rule double that plated the game's first run. Severino then issued yet another walk to load the bases. He got Josh Reddick to fly out and then yielded a two-run single to Jose Altuve. The one bad inning did him in and sent the series to a penultimate Game 7. Severino struck out three batters, walked four and allowed three hits in the ballgame.
Oct 20 - 11:46 PM

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Friday that he told Albert Almora he'd have "more" of a role in 2018.

It's possible that means Almora is an everyday player, although Epstein wouldn't guarantee that. Epstein's pronouncement isn't terribly surprising after Almora put up a better-than-expected .298/.338/.445 batting line in 2017 while playing superb defense in center field. The key for the 23-year-old going forward will be whether he can hit righties, as he's a career .320/.377/.503 hitter against lefties but holds a more modest .275/.300/.415 line versus righties.
Oct 20 - 5:06 PM

Jake Petricka had a nerve transposition in his right elbow on Friday.

The operation was performed by Dr. James Andrews. Petricka will begin a throwing program in 3-4 months, so he should have a relatively normal spring training if all goes well during his rehab.
Oct 20 - 4:50 PM

Chase Headley is starting in the designated hitter spot and batting ninth for the Yankees in Friday's ALCS Game 6 versus the Astros.

Headley hasn't done much this postseason, but he had three hits in Game 5, earning another start in the DH spot Friday. The Yankees' full lineup is as follows: Brett Gardner LF, Aaron Judge RF, Didi Gregorius SS, Gary Sanchez C, Greg Bird 1B, Starlin Castro 2B, Aaron Hicks CF, Todd Frazier 3B, Headley DH.
Oct 20 - 4:45 PM

Evan Gattis is starting in the designated hitter spot and batting eighth for the Astros in ALCS Game 6 on Friday versus the Yankees.

Carlos Beltran has started four of the five games so far this series in the DH spot, but it will be Gattis in there Friday against right-hander Luis Severino. The Astros' full lineup looks like this: George Springer CF, Josh Reddick RF, Jose Altuve 2B, Carlos Correa SS, Yulieski Gurriel 1B, Alex Bregman 3B, Marwin Gonzalez LF, Gattis DH, Brian McCann C.
Oct 20 - 4:27 PM

Daniel Murphy underwent a debridement and microfracture surgery on Friday to repair damage to the articular cartilage in his right knee.

Murphy tore the MCL in the same knee many years ago but this is the first we've heard of any knee issues since then. The Nationals did not reveal a timetable for his return, only saying that he will rehab "throughout the offseason." It's a significant operation, so it's certainly possible that Murphy will be limited in spring training.
Oct 20 - 3:21 PM

MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports that the Phillies have interviewed Giants third base coach Phil Nevin for their managerial opening.

Nevin was a finalist for the Diamondbacks' job a couple years ago before being hired to the Giants' coaching staff last winter. Zolecki adds that Dodgers player development director Gabe Kapler has either interviewed or is scheduled to interview. Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway and A's third base coach Chip Hale have also been interviewed.
Oct 20 - 3:15 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that Cardinals bench coach David Bell has left the team in order to take a job as the Giants' farm director.

Bell had been with the Cardinals since 2014 as their assistant hitting coach and then bench coach. He was previously a third base coach with the Cubs and a manager in the Reds' minor league system.
Oct 20 - 3:07 PM
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