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Ben Zobrist is starting in right field and batting eighth in Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday night against the Dodgers.

Jason Heyward and Jon Jay are on the bench with Los Angeles throwing left-hander Clayton Kershaw. Here is the full lineup for the Cubs, who trail 3-1 in the best-of-seven series: Albert Almora CF, Kyle Schwarber LF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Willson Contreras C, Addison Russell SS, Javier Baez 2B, Ben Zobrist RF, Jose Quintana SP.
Oct 19 - 3:18 PM

Jake Marisnick (thumb) played catch again Thursday.

Marisnick has also been running and shagging fly balls for the past week, though he has yet to grip a bat. The 26-year-old outfielder suffered a fractured right thumb in mid-September and seems doubtful to play in another game this year, even if the Astros advance to the World Series. Marisnick will be arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter after earning a $1.1 million salary in 2017.
Oct 19 - 2:25 PM

Shawn Kelley (elbow) said Thursday that he expects to be ready for the beginning of the 2018 season.

Kelley got an injection of stem cells for his troublesome right elbow and is hoping to avoid surgery. The 33-year-old setup man was limited to 26 innings in 2017 and finished with a brutal 7.27 ERA. He's due $5.5 million next season in the final year of a three-year, $15 million contract.
Oct 19 - 2:13 PM

Orioles signed 1B/OF Joe Maloney to a minor league contract.

Maloney lit up two different independent leagues this year, posting a .999 OPS with 35 home runs, 102 RBI, and 18 stolen bases in 101 games between the Rockland Boulders of the Canadian-American Association and the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League. The 27-year-old was a 10th-round pick of the Rangers in 2011 out of Limestone College.
Oct 19 - 1:22 PM

Michael Brantley underwent surgery Wednesday to stabilize the ligaments in his right ankle.

The rehabilitation for such a procedure typically lasts 4-5 months, which could mean Brantley won't be able to participate in much of spring training and might be in danger of missing the start of the 2018 season. Cleveland holds an $11 million club option (or $1 million buyout) on the 30-year-old outfielder. He batted .299/.357/.444 with nine home runs and 52 RBI in 90 games this summer.
Oct 19 - 11:10 AM

Hyun Soo Kim told Yonhap News Agency in Japan that he is hoping to play for a major league team in 2018.

Kim may have to settle for a minor league contract this winter after batting just .231/.307/.292 over 239 plate appearances between the Orioles and Phillies in 2017. "It's not something I can control," he said of a potential landing spot in free agency. "Obviously, I'd love to stay in the majors. ... I'll just try to do the best I can." Kim turns 30 years old in January.
Source: Yonhap News
Oct 19 - 10:55 AM

Cody Bellinger crushed a solo homer in the third inning of a 3-2 loss to the Cubs in Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday.

Bellinger destroyed a fastball from Chicago starter Jake Arrieta to pull the Dodgers to within 2-1. Outside of that blast, Bellinger was held in check, and he hit into the game-ending double play off of Wade Davis. For the series, he's now hitting .235/.278/.471.
Oct 19 - 12:37 AM

Justin Turner went 2-for-2 with a solo homer and two walks in a 3-2 loss to the Cubs in Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday.

The Cubs were very careful with Turner, but Wade Davis grooved a fastball to Turner in the eighth that was crushed to pull the Dodgers to within 3-2. For the series, he's now hitting .385/.556/.846. He'll look to stay hot and finish the Cubs off in Game 5 on Thursday.
Oct 19 - 12:34 AM

Alex Wood gave up three solo homers in 4 2/3 innings in a 3-2 loss to the Cubs in Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday.

Wood allowed just one other hit and he struck out seven, but the solo homers did the Dodgers in on a night where they couldn't figure out Jake Arrieta. It wasn't an atrocious outing, but it wouldn't be a surprise if this was his last start of the postseason if/when Los Angeles is able to close the Cubs out this series.
Oct 19 - 12:31 AM

Wade Davis picked up the save of Game 4 by pitching two innings and allowing just one run in a win over the Dodgers in the NLCS on Wednesday.

The good news for the Cubs is that Davis was able to get the job done, allowing just a solo homer to the red-hot Justin Turner. The bad news is that he had to throw 48 pitches -- all of them obviously high-leverage -- and likely won't be available for Game 5 on Thursday. If there's anything we've learned from this postseason it's you can't manage for tomorrow, but we'll have to see how the Cubs are able to respond without their best reliever, in all likelihood.
Oct 19 - 12:28 AM

Jake Arrieta walked five hitters, but also struck out nine and allowed just one run in 6 2/3 innings of a 3-2 victory over the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday.

Arrieta clearly didn't have great command of any of his arsenal, but he was able to keep the Dodger hitters off-balance, and when he needed to make a pitch, he was able to. It wasn't vintage Arrieta, but it was certainly good enough to allow the Cubs to win on Wednesday. He could be a bullpen option in Game 6 and 7, if necessary.
Oct 19 - 12:24 AM

Javier Baez went 2-for-3 with two solo blasts in a 3-2 victory over the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday.

Both of the blasts came off of Alex Wood, one in the second and one in the fifth. Baez has struggled to hit for average in this postseason, but he's now slugging .889 for this series, which is good. With his bat speed, he can turn any pitch on any part of the plate out of the park. Baez and the Cubs will look to stay alive and take the series to Los Angeles in Game 5 on Thursday.
Oct 19 - 12:21 AM

Chase Headley went 3-for-4 with a run scored in the Yankees 5-0 victory over the Astros on Wednesday in Game 5 of the ALCS.

Per Andrew Simon of MLB.com, it's the first time that a DH has ever had a multi-hit game while hitting ninth in a playoff game. The more you know. Headley appears to be figuring some things out, and it's another example of why there is no automatic out in this lineup. Unless the pitchers bat in the World Series, anyway.
Oct 18 - 8:59 PM

Greg Bird went 1-for 2 with two walks and an RBI in the Yankees victory over the Astros in Game 5 of the ALCS on Wednesday.

Bird smashed a line-drive single to right-field to knock in Starlin Castro and gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead. Bird has now put up a sensational .308/.550/.615 line in this series, and he's one of the chief reasons the Yankees have a chance to close out the Astros in Game 6 on Friday.
Oct 18 - 8:54 PM

Tommy Kahnle recorded the last six outs for the Yankees in their 5-0 victory over the Astros on Wednesday in Game 5 of the ALCS.

Kahnle has been an unsung hero for the Yankees this postseason. In his 10 playoff innings, he's yet to allow a run, and he's struck out nine while walking just two in that time frame. Aroldis Chapman is still the guy who is going to pitch the ninth in save situations, but Kahnle is a very good bridge to get them to him. He should be available to pitch in Game 6 on Friday.
Oct 18 - 8:49 PM


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