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Ortiz has 2 HR, Red Sox prevail 7-4 in Game 2 10-05-2013
David Ortiz DH BOS
David Ortiz hit two home runs as the Red Sox beat the Rays 7-4 in Game 2 of the ALDS on Saturday. Big Papi has 14 career postseason home runs, but Saturday's game was surprisingly his first ever multi-homer game. Ortiz hit a solo shot in the first inning to make the score 2-0, and his eighth inning blast was the last pitch of the night for Rays starter David Price. The homers were Ortiz' first since the 2008 ALCS against -- you guessed it -- the Rays.
Loney doubles in two runs as Rays fall to Sox 10-05-2013
James Loney 1B NYM
James Loney went 2-for-3 with a two-run double in the Game 2 loss against the Red Sox on Saturday. Loney was on base three times on the night, registering a single and getting hit by a pitch to go along with the fifth inning double. The runs batted in were Loney's first of the postseason. The double made the score 5-3, but it was as close as the Rays would get.
Ellsbury scores three times in Game 2 victory 10-05-2013
Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY
Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-4 with three runs scored in the Red Sox' win over the Rays on Saturday. Ellsbury reached base in his first three plate appearances and scored each time. He also stole a base, his second of this postseason, and is hitting .556 through the first two games of the series. A compression fracture in his right foot forced him to miss much of September, but Ellsbury seems past the injury at this point.
Price can't replicate WC dominance vs. Sox 10-05-2013
David Price P BOS
David Price allowed seven runs in seven-plus innings of work Saturday, taking the loss against the Red Sox in Game 2. With rumors of an offseason trade swirling, Price had trouble from the outset in what may have been his final start as a member of the Rays. The Red Sox put two quick runs on Price in the first inning, and they scored in the third, fourth, fifth and eighth innings as well. It was David Ortiz' eighth inning home run, his second of the game, that finally chased Price after Rays manager Joe Maddon inexplicably stuck with his struggling ace. The Rays will now need to win three straight to win the series.
Lackey allows four runs in 5 1/3 innings 10-05-2013
John Lackey P CHC
John Lackey allowed four runs over 5 1/3 innings but earned the win against the Rays on Saturday. Lackey was far from dominant, as the Rays notched seven hits and three walks against the right-hander and left runners on base all night. Lackey did fan six in the game, though, and his counterpart, David Price, was even shakier, so Lackey earned the win despite the subpar outing. It was Lackey's first postseason win since the 2009 ALDS, when his former team, the Angels, beat his current team, the Red Sox.
Ryu: 'I will be starting' in Game 3 vs. ATL 10-05-2013
Hyun-Jin Ryu P LAD
Hyun-Jin Ryu confirmed he's on track to start Sunday's Game 3 of the NLDS against the Braves.

Bill Shaikin on Twitter
"I will be starting (Sunday)," Ryu told Bill Shaikin of the LA Times on Saturday. There was some concern earlier in the week when he was seen wearing a compression sleeve on his left arm, but Ryu continues to insist there's nothing to worry about. He'll be opposed by Julio Teheran in Sunday's matchup.
Kelly gets the start in left field for Game 2 10-05-2013
Don Kelly 3B MIA
Don Kelly will start in left field and bat eighth for the Tigers in Game 2 of the American League Division Series on Saturday.

Detroit Tigers on Twitter
Andy Dirks started in left in Game 1 and Jhonny Peralta is still expected to see some time there this postseason, but it's Kelly who gets the call in Game 2. The rest of the lineup is exactly the same as in Game 1, with Austin Jackson, Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, Victor Martinez, Alex Avila, Omar Infante, Kelly and Jose Iglesias squaring off against Athletics starter Sonny Gray.
Brandon Cumpton to throw simulated game 10-05-2013
Brandon Cumpton P PIT
Brandon Cumpton is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Saturday.

Michael Sanserino on Twitter
This is being done in an effort to keep Cumpton sharp in case a need arises and the Pirates have to call on him at some point during the postseason. The young right-hander made a strong impression in his limited time with the Bucs, going 2-1 with a 2.05 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 22/5 K/BB ratio over 30 2/3 innings.
Seth Smith in A's starting lineup for Game 2 10-05-2013
Seth Smith RF BAL
Seth Smith is in the Athletics starting lineup for Game 2 of the ALDS on Saturday, hitting sixth and serving as the DH.

Oakland Athletics on Twitter
Aside from Smith replacing Daric Barton in the lineup, there are no other changes from Game 1 except in the batting order. A's skipper Bob Melvin will roll with Coco Crisp, Jed Lowrie, Josh Donaldson, Brandon Moss, Yoenis Cespedes, Smith, Josh Reddick, Stephen Vogt and Eric Sogard against Justin Verlander.
DeJesus gets start in left field for Game 2 10-05-2013
David DeJesus LF LAA
David DeJesus is in the Rays starting lineup, playing left field and leading off for Game 2 of the ALDS against the Red Sox on Saturday.

Marc Topkin on Twitter
He'll be followed by Wil Myers, James Loney, Evan Longoria, Ben Zobrist, Desmond Jennings, Delmon Young, Yunel Escobar and Jose Molina against opposing hurler John Lackey. Myers returns to right field after his defensive miscue on Friday, while Young continues to serve as the DH.
Uehara available for extended work Saturday 10-05-2013
Koji Uehara P CHC
Red Sox manger John Farrell indicated Saturday that Koji Uehara would be available to get more than three outs if needed in Game 2 of the ALDS on Saturday.

Tim Britton on Twitter
With Uehara already being well-rested and an additional off-day on Sunday, look for the Red Sox phenomenal closer to get the ball in the eighth inning if the proper situation arises on Saturday.
Lefty masher Jonny Gomes in Saturday's lineup 10-05-2013
Jonny Gomes LF KC
Jonny Gomes, who mashes left-handed pitching to the tune of .277/.377/.502 in his career, is starting for the Red Sox in left field against David Price in Game 2 of the ALDS on Saturday.

Tim Britton on Twitter
The full lineup has Jacoby Ellsbury, Shane Victorino, Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, Mike Napoli, Gomes, Will Middlebrooks, Stephen Drew and David Ross.
Mike Zagurski elects to become free agent 10-05-2013
Mike Zagurski P CLE
Mike Zagurski has elected free agency. The 30-year-old left-hander appeared in just one game with the Bronx Bombers this season, allowing a pair of runs in 1/3 of an inning. In 53 1/3 innings split between three organizations at Triple-A, he registered a 3.04 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 83/24 K/BB ratio. He'll likely have to settle for a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training as he attempts to latch on elsewhere and compete for a bullpen role.
T.J. McFarland to pitch in winter ball 10-05-2013
T.J. McFarland P BAL
T.J. McFarland will pitch in winter ball in Venezuela this offseason, with an eye towards earning a spot in the Orioles starting rotation in 2014.
The 24-year-old southpaw was a Rule 5 pick from the Indians, and spent the entire season with the O's, working primarily out of the bullpen. He held his own, posting a 4-1 record, 4.22 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 58/28 K/BB ratio over 74 2/3 innings. Even if he does manage to crack the rotation, his lack of strikeouts severely limits any fantasy value that he may have.
Orioles unlikely to bring back Rodriguez 10-05-2013
Francisco Rodriguez P DET
The Orioles are reportedly not interested in re-signing impending free agent Francisco Rodriguez.
K-Rod was acquired from the Brewers in a mid-season trade, and posted a 4.50 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 28/5 K/BB ratio over 22 innings with the O's. Still just 31-years-old, he shouldn't have a problem finding a new home this offseason.
David Ross expected to start in Game 2 10-05-2013
David Ross C CHC
David Ross is expected to serve as the Red Sox starting catcher in Game 2 of the ALDS on Saturday.

Alex Speier on Twitter
It comes as no surprise as Ross has made a living by crushing left-handed pitching, and is 2-for-5 with a pair of homers in his career off Rays hurler David Price.
Padres pull Burch Smith from Arizona Fall Lg. 10-05-2013
Burch Smith P TB
The Padres have decided not to have Burch Smith pitch in the Arizona Fall League this offseason.

Corey Brock on Twitter
Smith matched his 2012 output with 128 2/3 innings between the Padres and Triple-A Tuscon in 2012, but the organization wants to play it safe and not over-extend him. Dennis O'Grady will be taking Smith's spot on the roster.
Hyun-Jin Ryu says he's ready to start Game 3 10-05-2013
Hyun-Jin Ryu P LAD
Hyun-Jin Ryu (elbow) said Friday that he feels fine and is ready to start Game 3 of the NLDS on Sunday.
The rookie southpaw raised some eyebrows this week when he worked out this week with a compression sleeve on his left elbow. Speculation that he was nursing an injury was fueled Friday when Ryu, who rarely throws bullpen sessions between starts, did so with the Dodgers team surgeon and medical director watching. He maintains that all is well, but it's still a situation to monitor moving forward.
Crisp dealt with muscle cramp late in Game 1 10-05-2013
Coco Crisp LF CLE
Coco Crisp indicated that he dealt with some muscle cramping late in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Tigers on Friday.

Susan Slusser on Twitter
In his postgame comments, Crisp said that he didn't expect it to be an issue moving forward, and wouldn't keep him out of the lineup for Saturday's Game 2. He was a pivotal cog in the A's offense during Friday's loss, drawing three walks in his four plate appearances.
Padres outright Chris Robinson to Triple-A 10-05-2013
Chris Robinson C SD
Padres sent C Chris Robinson outright to Triple-A Tuscon. The 29-year-old catcher was designated for assignment last week to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Everth Cabrera. After going unclaimed on waivers, he'll return to serve as organizational depth for the Padres. In 68 games at Triple-A, Robinson slashed .282/.307/.320 with no homers, 22 RBI and a 42/7 K/BB ratio.
Marlins outright Jose Ceda to Triple-A 10-05-2013
Jose Ceda P MIA
Marlins sent RHP Jose Ceda outright to Triple-A New Orleans. The 26-year-old missed most of the 2013 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, tossing just four innings in the lowest levels of the minor leagues. Provided that he's fully healthy and ready for spring training, Ceda is a strong candidate to earn a spot in the Marlins bullpen.
Marlins outright Joe Mahoney to Triple-A 10-05-2013
Joe Mahoney 1B MIA
Marlins sent 1B Joe Mahoney outright to Triple-A New Orleans. The 26-year-old slugger had a golden opportunity early in the 2013 season to seize the Marlins starting job at first base, but succumbed to a hamstring injury and never got another chance. In his nine games with the big club, he hit .276/.276/.414 with a homer and four RBI in 29 at-bats. He'll likely compete for a reserve role with the Marlins next season.
Marlins outright Steven Ames to Triple-A 10-05-2013
Steven Ames P MIA
Marlins sent RHP Steven Ames outright to Triple-A New Orleans. The 25-year-old hurler appeared in four games for the Fish in 2013, registering a 4.50 ERA, 2.00 WHIP and 4/1 K/BB ratio in four innings. His numbers in 46 1/3 innings at Triple-A weren't much more encouraging, compiling a 3.69 ERA, 1.64 WHIP and 34/17 K/BB ratio, though that was in the hitter-friendly PCL. He could compete for a role in the Marlins bullpen during spring training.
Marlins outright Gil Velazquez to Triple-A 10-05-2013
Gil Velazquez 3B MIA
Marlins sent SS Gil Velazquez outright to Triple-A New Orleans. The 33-year-old infielder received just one at-bat for the Marlins in 2013. More known for his glove than for his bat, Velazquez slashed .254/.350/.278 with no homers, 26 RBI and three stolen bases in 101 games at Triple-A.
Miguel Cabrera plates run in Game 1 victory 10-05-2013
Miguel Cabrera 1B DET
Miguel Cabrera went 1-for-4 and drove home a run on Friday, leading the Tigers to a 3-2 victory over the Athletics in Game 1 of the ALDS in Oakland. The Tigers jumped on Bartolo Colon in the first inning, with Austin Jackson leading off the game with a double, Torii Hunter getting hit by a pitch, and Cabrera lining an RBI single up the middle. They would add two more runs in the frame, and Max Scherzer and company would ensure that the lead would stand up. Still obviously hobbled by injuries, Cabrera was removed in favor of Ramon Santiago for defensive purposes in the eighth inning.
Joaquin Benoit slams door on Athletics 10-05-2013
Joaquin Benoit P PHI
Joaquin Benoit slammed the door on the Athletics in Game 1 of the ALDS on Friday, retiring all four hitters he faced to preserve a one-run advantage. Benoit was called upon in the eighth inning to face Josh Donaldson with the tying run at first, and got him to pop out weakly. He then set down the heart of the A's order - Brandon Moss, Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Reddick - on strikes to end the evening.
Scherzer dominates, fans 11 A's in Game 1 10-05-2013
Max Scherzer P WAS
Max Scherzer dominated the Athletics in Game 1 of the ALDS on Friday, racking up 11 strikeouts over seven strong innings en route to a victory. Scherzer surrendered two runs on just three hits on the night while walking two. The only opposing hitter who gave him any trouble was Yoenis Cespedes, who tripled and was stranded in the second inning, then blasted a mammoth two-run homer in the seventh to pull the A's to within a run at 3-2. The 29-year-old right-hander, and favorite for the AL Cy Young award, would get the ball again if the series is forced to a do-or-die Game 5 scenario in Oakland on Thursday.
Cespedes blasts 2-run homer in loss to Tigers 10-05-2013
Yoenis Cespedes LF NYM
Yoenis Cespedes blasted a two-run home run, accounting for all of the A's offense in Friday's loss to the Tigers in Game 1 of the ALDS. Cespedes was the only member of the A's offense who seemed to solve Max Scherzer in this one. He tripled and was stranded at third base in the second inning, then added the towering two-run drive to left in the seventh. Aside from that, the A's mustered just an infield single by Brandon Moss and nothing more in seven innings against Scherzer.
Bartolo Colon doomed by rough first inning 10-05-2013
Bartolo Colon P ATL
Bartolo Colon was doomed by a rough first inning in a losing effort against the Tigers in Game 1 of the ALDS on Friday. Colon allowed three runs on 10 hits over his six innings of work on the night, striking out four in the process. The Tigers bats came roaring out of the gate, stringing together four hits and a hit batsmen to scratch out three runs against the veteran right-hander in the first inning. He settled in masterfully afterwards though, keeping his team in the ballgame, but Max Scherzer was simply too much on the other side of the diamond. Colon will likely toe the slab again should the series require a decisive fifth game in Oakland on Thursday.