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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 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 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

Diamondbacks activated LHP Steve Hathaway from the 60-day disabled list; sent him outright to Triple-A Reno.

Hathaway had surgery in June to repair fraying in his rotator cuff and labrum, which no doubt allowed him to pass through waivers unclaimed. He's now off the 40-man roster.
Oct 16 - 11:53 PM

Lance McCullers will start for the Astros in Game 4 of the ALCS against the Yankees on Tuesday.

McCullers gets the call over Brad Peacock, who struggled in his ALDS outing versus the Red Sox. Of course, McCullers has struggled himself for a while now, posting an 8.53 ERA over his final seven starts of the season. That said, he obviously has the stuff to go out and shut the Yankees down if he's on, and manager A.J. Hinch has decided to bet on the upside.
Oct 16 - 11:50 PM

Marwin Gonzalez went 0-for-3 at the plate Monday against the Yankees.

Gonzalez did walk and score the Astros' only run in the ninth inning. However, he's now hitless in the first three games of the ALCS. It's hard to believe he'll get benched even for a game, though, given the season he had for the 'Stros.
Oct 16 - 11:43 PM

Chad Jennings of the Boston Herald reports that former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus interviewed for the Red Sox' manager job on Monday.

Ausmus, of course, is familiar with Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, having worked under him in Detroit. The former major league catcher went 314-332 in four years as the Tigers' skipper. Astros bench coach Alex Cora is viewed as the favorite to land the Red Sox' job at this point.
Oct 16 - 5:38 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that Mets hitting coach Kevin Long is "regarded as the favorite" at this juncture for the team's managerial opening.

It's not a surprise since he's the only one who has interviewed so far. The process figures to be fluid, with Astros bench coach Alex Cora, White Sox bench coach Joe McEwing and former Nationals and Indians skipper Manny Acta all interviewing for the job this week. Long has been a hitting coach in the majors since 2007 with the Yankees and then the Mets and had some minor league managerial experience prior to that.
Oct 16 - 5:08 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that former Tigers skipper Brad Ausmus declined to be interviewed for the Mets' vacant manager job.

Heyman also says that former White Sox manager Robin Ventura -- who had been considered a likely candidate -- hasn't shown interest in the gig and isn't in the mix. Astros bench coach Alex Cora will interview with the Mets on Tuesday and White Sox bench coach Joe McEwing will interview Wednesday. ESPN's Buster Olney also reports that former Nationals and Indians skipper Manny Acta will interview later this week. To this point, Mets hitting coach Kevin Long is the only one who has interviewed for the job.
Oct 16 - 4:57 PM

Luis Severino was not sent for further testing and is in line to start a potential Game 6 of the ALCS.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi mentioned that he had some concern about Severino's right shoulder when he abruptly lifted the pitcher from his Game 2 start after just four innings. The pitcher was also hit on the left wrist by a comebacker in the game. However, Severino said after the contest that he was fine and it appears there's nothing to worry about injury-wise here.
Oct 16 - 4:44 PM

Cameron Maybin is starting in left field and batting ninth for the Astros in Monday's ALCS Game 3 versus the Yankees.

It will be the first start this postseason for Maybin, who will push Marwin Gonzalez to first base and Yulieski Gurriel to the designated hitter spot. Evan Gattis is getting a start at catcher, while Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran are on the bench against left CC Sabathia. The Astros' full lineup looks like this: George Springer CF, Alex Bregman 3B, Jose Altuve 2B, Carlos Correa SS, Gurriel DH, Gattis C, Gonzalez 1B, Josh Reddick RF, Maybin LF.
Oct 16 - 4:38 PM

Chase Headley will serve as the designated hitter for Game 3 of the ALCS against the Astros on Monday.

Headley went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Game 2, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi isn't making any changes with his lineup. The DH spot has been problematic for New York this postseason, but it would be less of a concern if their big bats were hitting. The full lineup for the Yankees against Charlie Morton: 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. CC Sabathia will try to come up big with the Yankees down 0-2 in the series.
Oct 16 - 3:51 PM


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