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Bob Elliott of CBC Sports reports that the Blue Jays interviewed Athletics Coordinator of Instruction Ed Sprague for the open managerial position.

Sprague, you might remember, was a member of the Blue Jays during their 1992-93 World Series' wins, and also played for the Mariners. He was the head coach at the University of Pacific before joining the Athletics. Brandon Hyde, Rocco Baldelli, David Bell and Joe Espada are other known candidates to take over for John Gibbons in Toronto.
Oct 18 - 6:47 PM

Chris Sale was able to throw off flat ground, and should be able to start Game 6 against the Astros on Saturday if necessary.

Sale was hospitalized with a stomach ailment earlier in the week, and while he was considered too weak to pitch Thursday's Game 5, it sounds like he'll be able to go in either a Game 6 or Game 1 of the World Series.
Oct 18 - 5:39 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch told reporters before Game 5 of the ALCS on Thursday that Jose Altuve (knee) wouldn't be playing if it was the regular season.

"He’s hurt," Hinch said in the pregame comments. "If it was any other time of the year, he wouldn’t be playing. His teammates revere him." Altuve is back in the lineup as the designated hitter, and likely will do so for the remainder of the series. The question is whether or not Altuve would be able to play in the World Series in National League parks, but the Astros need to win three more games before we find out the answer.
Oct 18 - 4:41 PM

Mitch Moreland is back in the lineup at first base and hitting fifth on Thursday against the Astros in Game 5 of the ALCS.

Moreland gets the start at first base against right-hander Justin Verlander, with Steve Pearce heading to the bench. Ian Kinsler takes over at second for Brock Holt. The rest of the lineup stays the same against the Astros, as the Red Sox look to clinch a trip to the World Series, and is as follows: Mookie Betts RF, Andrew Benintendi LF, J.D. Martinez DH, Xander Bogaerts SS, Moreland 1B, Kinsler 2B, Rafael Devers 3B, Christian Vazquez C, Jackie Bradley CF, and David Price on the mound.
Oct 18 - 4:12 PM

Jake Marisnick is starting in center field and hitting ninth on Thursday for Game 5 of the ALCS against the Red Sox.

Marisnick will get the start in center, with George Springer moving over to right and Tony Kemp handling left. Josh Reddick will start off on the bench, but likely will likely get a plate appearance if/when Boston turns to a right-hander and removes David Price. The Astros are also moving Carlos Correa to the cleanup spot as they look to avoid elimination. The full lineup goes: Alex Bregman 3B, Springer, RF, Jose Altuve DH, Carlos Correa SS, Yuli Gurriel 1B, Marwin Gonzalez 2B, Kemp LF, Martin Maldonado C, Marisnick CF and Justin Verlander as the starting pitcher.
Oct 18 - 4:07 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters Thursday that Austin Barnes will start at catcher in Game 6 of the NLCS on Friday.

No real surprise at this point given Yasmani Grandal's ongoing struggles offensively and defensively. Barnes hit a game-tying RBI single in the Dodgers' NLCS Game 5 win over the Brewers on Wednesday and he went 1-for-4 with a walk in Game 4 on Tuesday.
Oct 18 - 3:41 PM

Matt Chapman underwent surgery on his left thumb Thursday.

Per the Athletics' press release: "Dr. Steven Shin performed an ulnar sided sesamoid bone excision along the left thumb at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles. Dr. Shin was pleased with the outcome of the surgery and anticipates Matt to make a full recovery prior to the start of spring training." Chapman battled thumb and wrist issues at various points this season, twice receiving cortisone injections, but the 25-year-old budding star still managed a strong .864 OPS with 24 home runs and 42 doubles in 145 games while also playing elite-level defense at third base.
Oct 18 - 12:10 PM

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Wednesday that Jacoby Ellsbury is "supposed to be fully recovered" from his left hip surgery by the start of the 2019 season.

Ellsbury needed the hip procedure in early August. He also struggled with back, foot, and oblique issues throughout the 2018 campaign and didn't appear in a game at any level. The 35-year-old outfielder will be a $21.14 million bench player for the Yankees next season, and he's also due another $21.14 million in 2020 with a $5 million buyout on his option for 2021.
Oct 18 - 11:29 AM
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