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Angels designate Jo-Jo Reyes for assignment 10-09-2015
Jo-Jo Reyes P LAA
Angels designated LHP Jo-Jo Reyes for assignment. He was waived to make room on the 40-man roster for Todd Cunningham. The 30-year-old appeared in just one game for the Angels this season, working a scoreless 1/3 of an inning. He spent most of the season pitching at Triple-A Salt Lake where he registered a 4.76 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and 45/23 K/BB ratio over 68 innings of work.
Adrian Beltre uncertain on Game 3 status 10-09-2015
Adrian Beltre 3B TEX
Adrian Beltre (back) said after Friday's game that he's feeling better, but is still uncertain on his status for Game 3 of the ALDS.

Ryan Wolstat on Twitter
Beltre looked very uncomfortable during Friday's contest, and obviously wasn't feeling well enough to appear as a pinch hitter, even as the game extended for 14 innings. The Rangers remain hopeful that he'll be able to return on Sunday.
Perez homers, plates two as Royals win Game 2 10-09-2015
Salvador Perez C KC
Salvador Perez homered and drove home a pair of runs on Friday, helping to lead the Royals to a come-from-behind 5-4 victory over the Astros to even the ALDS at one game apiece. Perez got the Royals on the board in the second inning, lining a solo home run to left field off opposing starter Scott Kazmir. He also played a big role in a two-run rally in the sixth inning, drawing a bases-loaded walk to tie the game at 4-4. Perez also singled in the contest, finishing the afternoon 2-for-3.
Wade Davis slams door on Astros in ninth 10-09-2015
Wade Davis P KC
Wade Davis slammed the door on the Astros in the ninth inning on Friday, protecting a one-run advantage and pulling the Royals even in the best-of-five ALDS. Taking the hill with a one-run lead, Davis made things interesting by issuing a one-out walk to Preston Tucker. He was able to pick off pinch-runner Carlos Gomez though, then induce a game-ending groundout from Jose Altuve. He has transitioned to the closer's role seamlessly in the wake of Greg Holland's injury.
Johnny Cueto hit hard in Game 1 no-decision 10-09-2015
Johnny Cueto P KC
Johnny Cueto was hit hard in a no-decision against the Astros in Friday's Game 1 of the ALDS, allowing four runs on seven hits over his six frames. Cueto punched out five while walking three on the afternoon. The Astros jumped on him from the get-go, doing all of their damage in the first three frames. To Cueto's credit, he was able to settle down nicely and keep the Astros off the board the next three innings, giving the Royals a chance to come back. With Yordano Ventura expected to take the hill in Game 4 of the series, Cueto would line up to work in a pivotal Game 5 if it proves to be necessary.
Colby Rasmus goes deep again but Astros lose 10-09-2015
Colby Rasmus LF HOU
Colby Rasmus homered for the third time in three postseason games, but it wasn't enough for the Astros to overcome the Royals in Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday. Rasmus got the Astros on the board with an RBI double in the first inning. He then tagged Johnny Cueto for a solo homer in the third inning, increasing the Astros advantage to 4-1. Unfortunately for the Houston faithful, that would wind up being the extent of their offense. The dynamic outfielder is extremely locked in at the dish right now, hitting .444 with three homers, five RBI and a stolen base through three postseason contests.
Kazmir gives up three runs in no-decision 10-09-2015
Scott Kazmir P HOU
Scott Kazmir wasn't particularly sharp in Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday, surrendering three runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Royals. The veteran southpaw struck out four and walked one in the contest. It wasn't much different than how he finished the regular season, stumbling to a 5.89 ERA over his final nine starts. The Royals didn't mount any big rallies against him, but were able to scratch out single runs in the second and third innings and another to chase him in the sixth. It's unclear if the Astros will trust him to make another postseason start should the Astros advance to the ALCS.
Angels claim Todd Cunningham off waivers 10-09-2015
Todd Cunningham LF LAA
Angels claimed OF Todd Cunningham off waivers from the Braves. Cunningham hit just .221/.280/.267 in his 86 at-bats with the Braves. He will add organizational depth for the Angels.
Cecil suffers 'pretty significant' calf tear 10-09-2015
Brett Cecil P TOR
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said after Friday's loss that Brett Cecil suffered a "pretty significant" tear of his left calf.

Shi Davidi on Twitter
And the hits just keep on coming for the Jays. They will head to Texas down 2-0 in the series after losing in extra innings Friday and will now be without one of their best relievers possibly for the remainder of the postseason.
Josh Donaldson homers in loss to Rangers 10-09-2015
Josh Donaldson 3B TOR
Josh Donaldson smacked a solo home run in Friday's loss to the Rangers. Donaldson cut into the Rangers' early 2-0 lead with his solo blast in the bottom of the first inning. Unfortunately for the Blue Jays, it was his only hit in six trips to the plate and the team tallied just eight base knocks as they lost in 14 innings. Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Troy Tulowitzki had only one single in 16 at-bats between them.
Corey Seager batting third in NLDS Game 1 10-09-2015
Corey Seager SS LAD
Corey Seager is starting at shortstop and batting third for the Dodgers in Friday's Game 1 of the NLDS versus the Mets.

Los Angeles Dodgers on Twitter
Just two of Seager's 21 starts in the majors have come in the third spot in the lineup, but clearly manager Don Mattingly has plenty of faith in the 21-year-old's bat. And why shouldn't he, given Seager's .337/.425/.561 batting line to start his career. Also worth noting is that, as expected, Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier are at the corner outfield spots and Yasiel Puig is on the bench.
Ruben Tejada starting at SS in Game 1 10-09-2015
Ruben Tejada SS NYM
Ruben Tejada is starting at shortstop and batting eighth in Game 1 of the NLDS versus the Dodgers.

Adam Rubin on Twitter
Wilmer Flores has been battling strep throat of late, and while he's available off the bench, the Mets are going with the stronger defender at shortstop in Tejada. Also noteworthy is that Michael Cuddyer is in left field over Michael Conforto, as expected, versus lefty Clayton Kershaw.
Brett Cecil to undergo MRI on calf 10-09-2015
Brett Cecil P TOR
Brett Cecil will undergo an MRI on his left calf.

Jeff Blair on Twitter
Cecil departed Friday's game with tightness in the calf. We'll have to wait and see what the MRI says, but his availability for the remainder of the series is certainly in question. Cecil held a 2.48 ERA and 70/13 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 relief innings during the regular season.
Brett Cecil dealing with calf tightness 10-09-2015
Brett Cecil P TOR
Brett Cecil is dealing with tightness in his left calf.

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
Cecil suffered the injury while tagging out Mike Napoli in a rundown in the eighth inning of Friday's game and limped off the field gingerly. It's unclear at this point whether it might affect his availability for Game 3. Losing Cecil would obviously be a big blow to the Blue Jays' bullpen.
Steven Matz (back) officially on NLDS roster 10-09-2015
Steven Matz P NYM
Steven Matz (back) has officially made the Mets' NLDS roster.

Anthony DiComo on Twitter
And he's in line to start a potential Game 4 in New York after throwing 80 pitches in a simulated game on Thursday with no issues. Matz missed his final outing of the regular season due to some spasms in his upper back, but he appears to be all systems go now.
Yadier Molina starting at catcher in Game 1 10-09-2015
Yadier Molina C STL
Yadier Molina (thumb) is starting at catcher and batting seventh for the Cardinals in Friday's Game 1 of the NLDS.

MLB Lineups on Twitter
Molina hasn't played since September 20 because of a sprained left thumb, but he's feeling well enough to give it a go with the help of a splint. Stephen Piscotty is handling first base for the Cards, as they're going with an outfield of Matt Holliday, Jason Heyward and Randal Grichuk.
Chris Coghlan starting in RF Friday 10-09-2015
Chris Coghlan LF CHC
Chris Coghlan is starting in right field and batting sixth in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday.

Chicago Cubs on Twitter
Coghlan's presence in the lineup isn't a surprise, as he has eight hits in 17 career at-bats against Cardinals starter John Lackey. Kris Bryant is back at third base after starting in left field in the Wild Card Game, and David Ross is catching Jon Lester as usual.
Lance McCullers would start Game 4 10-09-2015
Lance McCullers P HOU
Lance McCullers would start a potential Game 4 of the ALDS for the Astros.

Brian McTaggart on Twitter
He'll be preceded by ace Dallas Keuchel in Game 3. The choice of McCullers, who held a 3.22 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 129/43 K/BB ratio over 125 2/3 innings, this season, is no surprise. He would be opposed by Yordano Ventura, who is in line for a potential Game 4 on short rest after a rain-shortened outing in Game 1. Mike Fiers will pitch out of the bullpen for the Astros.
Marlins to pursue extension for Dee Gordon 10-09-2015
Dee Gordon 2B MIA
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Marlins are expected to make a Dee Gordon contract extension "one of their first orders of business" after they find a new manager.
Gordon is already under team control through 2018, but apparently the Marlins would prefer to lock up their second baseman to a long-term deal sooner rather than later. The speedster has led the majors in stolen bases each of the last two seasons and led the National League with his .333 average in 2015. projects him to earn $5.9 million in arbitration this offseason.
Cubs could try to extend Arrieta this winter 10-09-2015
Jake Arrieta P CHC
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cubs "will try to lock up" Jake Arrieta over the offseason. projects Arrieta to earn $10.6 million this winter in his second year of salary arbitration, but it appears the Cubs will attempt to ink the right-hander to a long-term extension. Arrieta is a Boras client, so it remains to be seen whether a long-term deal will be doable. The righty will turn 30 next spring, but obviously it will still cost a boatload to lock him up after what could be a Cy Young-winning campaign.
D'Backs expected to pick up Ziegler's option 10-09-2015
Brad Ziegler P ARZ
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Diamondbacks are expected to exercise Brad Ziegler's $5.5 million option for 2016.
It's really a no-brainer, as they'd have to pay him a $1 million buyout otherwise. Ziegler finished with a career-high 30 saves in 2015 to go along with a 1.85 ERA, and he boasts a 2.47 ERA for his career. He's currently in line to return as Arizona's closer in 2016, although the club would like to acquire a ninth-inning man and move Ziegler back to a setup role. They've been connected with Aroldis Chapman in the past.
Gomez (intercostal) out again on Friday 10-09-2015
Carlos Gomez CF HOU
Carlos Gomez (intercostal) remained out of the Astros' lineup Friday.

Jon Morosi on Twitter
The Astros had expected Gomez to give it a go, but perhaps they've decided to exercise more caution after winning Game 1. Jake Marisnick is in center field again on Friday after picking up a couple hits Thursday. Gomez will aim to return to action for Game 3 on Sunday when the series moves to Houston.
Yankees expected to pursue Jeff Samardzija 10-09-2015
Jeff Samardzija P CWS
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that "there is expected to be real interest" from the Yankees in Jeff Samardzija.
Heyman says the Yanks "may be disinclined to go for the big-ticket pitching items" like David Price and Zack Greinke, but they could target Samardzija following a down season for the righty. The Bombers reportedly "love Samardizja for his potential, and also for his interest in the big stage." Samardzija held a 4.96 ERA for the White Sox this season but is a good bet to bounce back in 2016.
Chris Gimenez starting at catcher Friday 10-09-2015
Chris Gimenez C TEX
Chris Gimenez is starting at catcher and hitting eighth for the Rangers in Friday's Game 2 of the ALDS.

Stefan Stevenson on Twitter
Robinson Chirinos homered in Game 1 Thursday, but he's on the bench the next day with the Rangers preferring to pair Gimenez with Cole Hamels. Gimenez hit .255/.330/.490 with five homers in 36 games for Texas this season.
Josh Donaldson (head) back in Jays' lineup 10-09-2015
Josh Donaldson 3B TOR
Josh Donaldson (head) is back in the Blue Jays' lineup for Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday.

Shi Davidi on Twitter
Donaldson had to leave Thursday's Game 1 after being hit in the head by Rougned Odor's knee at second base, but he passed concussion tests and is ready to go. The American League MVP candidate is at third base and hitting second against Cole Hamels and the Rangers.
Adrian Beltre (back) not in Game 2 lineup 10-09-2015
Adrian Beltre 3B TEX
Adrian Beltre (back) is not in the lineup for Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday.

Stefan Stevenson on Twitter
Beltre was hobbled greatly by back spasms in Game 1, forcing him to depart in the third inning. With the quick turnaround and especially with the Rangers winning the first game, it's no surprise to see him sitting this one out. Look for him to try and return to action in Game 3 after the off day. Hanser Alberto is handling third base Friday.
Yost says that Ventura likely to start Game 4 10-09-2015
Yordano Ventura P KC
Royals manager Ned Yost indicated that he would probably start Yordano Ventura if the ALDS reaches a Game 4.

Jerry Crasnick on Twitter
Ventura allowed three runs in two innings during Thursday's Game 1 loss to the Astros. He had thrown 42 pitches after his two frames of work, but didn't return to the contest following a 49-minute rain delay. Should he start Game 4, his arm should be fresh. Johnny Cueto will take the ball in Game 2 while Game 3 will see Edinson Volquez starting in Houston.