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Alvarez delivers game winner against Cards 10-06-2013
Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT
Pedro Alvarez delivered the game-winning hit in Sunday's 5-3 victory over the Cardinals in Game 3 of the NLDS. Alvarez came to the dish against Kevin Siegrist with two men on and one out in the eighth inning, and came through with an RBI single to right to give the Pirates the lead. He's having a very productive series to this point, hitting .308 with a homer and five RBI.
Russell Martin plates two in Game 3 victory 10-06-2013
Russell Martin C PIT
Russell Martin went 1-for-3 and drove home a pair of runs on Sunday, helping to lead the Pirates to a 5-3 victory over the Cardinals in Game 3 of the NLDS, taking a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. Martin came to the plate with the bases loaded and the score knotted at 2-2 in the sixth inning, and delivered a sacrifice fly off Seth Maness to give the Pirates the lead. He then added a very valuable insurance run with an RBI single off Kevin Siegrist in the ninth inning, increasing the Pirates advantage to 5-3. He's had a very productive series thus far, hitting .385 (5-for-13) with a pair of homers and six RBI.
Jason Grilli slams door on Cards in Game 3 10-06-2013
Jason Grilli P LAA
Jason Grilli slammed the door on the Cardinals in Game 3 of the NLDS on Sunday, protecting a two-run advantage and giving the Pirates a 2-1 series lead. The 36-year-old right-hander made it interesting by allowing a leadoff single to Matt Adams, but retired Jon Jay, Pete Kozma and Daniel Descalso in order afterwards to end the ballgame. The Pirates will now have an opportunity to close out the series at home on Monday.
Liriano fires 6 strong innings in no-decision 10-06-2013
Francisco Liriano P PIT
Francisco Liriano fired six strong innings in a no-decision against the Cardinals in Game 3 of the NLDS on Sunday, allowing just two runs on three hits. Liriano punched out five on the afternoon while walking a pair. The only damage against him in the game came on a two-out, two-run single by Carlos Beltran in the fifth inning. He was in line for the victory after the Pirates plated a run in the bottom of the sixth, but the Pirates bullpen was unable to hold that advantage. Liriano won't be used for the remainder of the series, but would be a strong candidate to pitch Game 1 of the NLCS should the Pirates advance.
Carlos Beltran continues postseason dominance 10-06-2013
Carlos Beltran RF NYY
Carlos Beltran continued his postseason dominance in Sunday's loss to the Pirates in Game 3 of the NLDS, going 2-for-3 with a homer and all three Cardinals RBI. Beltran delivered a clutch two-out, two-run single off Francisco Liriano in the fifth inning to tie the score at two, and brought the Cardinals even again at 3-3 with a solo shot off Mark Melancon in the eighth inning. He's now hitting .360 (49-for-136) with an absurd 16 homers, 31 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 37 career postseason games.
Pete Kozma has two hits in loss to Pirates 10-06-2013
Pete Kozma SS STL
Pete Kozma had a nice night at the dish in Sunday's loss to the Pirates in Game 3 of the NLDS, going 2-for-3 with a walk, run scored and stolen base. Unfortunately, aside from Kozma and Carlos Beltran, the rest of the Cardinals offense struggled to produce against Francisco Liriano and company. It was Kozma's first game played in the series, after Daniel Descalso got the call at shortstop against opposing right-handers in the first two games of the series.
Joe Kelly fans five Pirates in no-decision 10-06-2013
Joe Kelly P BOS
Joe Kelly surrendered three runs (two earned) on five hits and four walks over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Pirates in Game 3 of the NLDS on Sunday. The Pirates jumped on Kelly early on, stringing together an Andrew McCutchen walk, Justin Morneau infield single and two-run single from Marlon Byrd in the first inning. He battled back nicely though, and kept the Pirates at bay until one of his inherited runners scored on a Russell Martin sacrifice fly in the sixth.
Matt Pagnozzi elects to become free agent 10-06-2013
Matt Pagnozzi C MLW
Matt Pagnozzi has elected free agency. The 30-year-old backstop appeared in nine games with the Astros in 2013, slashing a meager .143/.182/.143 in 21 at-bats. He's likely to latch on as minor league catching depth with another organization.
Brian Omogrosso has elected free agency 10-06-2013
Brian Omogrosso P CWS
Brian Omogrosso has elected free agency. The 29-year-old right-hander appeared in just 12 games for the White Sox in 2013, turning in a disappointing 9.37 ERA, 2.27 WHIP and 16/9 K/BB ratio before succumbing to an elbow injury. He'll look to latch on elsewhere and compete for a bullpen spot in 2014.
Kris Medlen would start Game 5 if necessary 10-06-2013
Kris Medlen P ATL
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez confirmed Sunday that Kris Medlen would draw the start in Game 5 of the NLDS if necessary.

Kevin McAlpin on Twitter
Medlen was knocked around a bit in Game 1, but was the Braves most dominant starter heading into the postseason, and still owns the confidence of his manager. His opposition in that pivotal game could be either Clayton Kershaw or Zack Greinke depending on how the rest of the series develops.
Jhonny Peralta to start in left field Monday 10-06-2013
Jhonny Peralta SS STL
Tigers manager Jim Leyland indicated Sunday that Jhonny Peralta would start in left field against the Athletics in Game 3 of the ALDS on Monday afternoon.

Jason Beck on Twitter
Leyland decided to roll with Andy Dirks in that spot in the first game of the series, and Don Kelly on Saturday. Peralta has only played three games in the outfield for his career, and remains a defensive liability at the position, but the Tigers desperately need his offense in the lineup.
Ethier works in center field during BP Sunday 10-06-2013
Andre Ethier RF LAD
Andre Ethier did some work in center field during batting practice before Game 3 of the NLDS on Sunday.

Bill Shaikin on Twitter
Skip Schumaker is getting the start in center field for the Dodgers on Sunday, but this could be an indication that Ethier's ankle is getting closer to being game-ready. He'll continue to be used solely as a pinch-hitter for the time being.
Buchholz feels strong heading into Game 3 10-06-2013
Clay Buchholz P BOS
Clay Buchholz stated Sunday that there is nothing holding him back physically heading into Monday's start against the Rays in Game 3 of the ALDS.

Pete Abraham on Twitter
The 29-year-old right-hander was forced to miss over three months of the regular season with a shoulder injury, but was exceptional when he was able to take the hill, posting a 12-1 record, 1.74 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 96/36 K/BB ratio in 108 1/3 innings. He'll take the mound opposite Alex Cobb with the Red Sox looking to secure a clean sweep in the ALDS.
Daniel Nava expected to start in Game 3 10-06-2013
Daniel Nava RF BOS
Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated Sunday that Daniel Nava is likely to start in left field for Game 3 of the ALDS on Monday.

Rob Bradford on Twitter
Nava sat out the first two games in favor of Jonny Gomes as the Red Sox were opposing a pair of tough southpaws in Matt Moore and David Price. The 30-year-old outfielder had a breakout season offensively, slashing .303/.385/.445 with 12 homers and 66 RBI in 134 games.
Nolasco tentatively listed as Game 4 starter 10-06-2013
Ricky Nolasco P MIN
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly reiterated Sunday that Ricky Nolasco is tentatively listed as the Dodgers starter for Game 4 of the NLDS.

Bill Plunkett on Twitter
He did leave the door open in the event that the Dodgers are facing elimination in that ballgame, that the plan could change. In that instance, Clayton Kershaw would get the ball on three days rest, with Zack Greinke coming back for Game 5.
Rockies expected to target Jesse Crain 10-06-2013
Jesse Crain P HOU
Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies are expected to target Jesse Crain this season.

Denver Post
That's assuming that Crain is healthy, which is no given after he missed the last three months of the season due to shoulder issues. The veteran reliever was brilliant when able to take the mound in 2013, posting a 0.74 ERA and 1.15 WHIP across 38 appearances.
Michael Cuddyer to move to 1B next season 10-06-2013
Michael Cuddyer RF COL
Rockies owner Dick Monfort wrote in a letter to season ticket holders that Michael Cuddyer will likely move to first base next season.

Denver Post
Cuddyer has played plenty of first base in his career, making 37 starts at the position for the Rockies over the last two seasons. With Todd Helton retiring, Cuddyer will move to first full-time and allow the club, according to Monfort, "an opportunity to fill (right field) with a big bat." The Denver Post's Troy Renck lists Shin-Soo Choo, Carlos Beltran, Nelson Cruz and Corey Hart as potential fits in right field.
Pete Kozma starting at SS Sunday 10-06-2013
Pete Kozma SS STL
Pete Kozma is starting at shortstop for Sunday's Game 3 against the Pirates.

Bernie Miklasz on Twitter
With left-hander Francisco Liriano on the mound, Kozma gets the call over Daniel Descalso. He was actually worse against southpaws this season, sporting a pathetic .184/.280/.256 batting line.
Yanks have offered Girardi three-year deal 10-06-2013
Joe Girardi C NYY
Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that the Yankees' offer to Joe Girardi is for three years and $12-15 million.

Newark Star-Ledger
Girardi made $3 million in 2013, so he'd be getting a nice little bump in salary. The skipper has yet to make a decision on whether to accept the offer, but he's expected to make up his mind soon. The Cubs and Nationals are also interested in Girardi should things not work out with the Yankees.
Cafardo: Angels likely to trade 2B Kendrick 10-06-2013
Howie Kendrick 2B LAA
The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo writes that it "looks more and more" like the Angels will trade Howie Kendrick over the offseason.

Boston Globe
Cafardo says the Angels will be looking for "some pitching or prospects" in return. Kendrick is owed a reasonable $18.85 million over the next two seasons, but if the Halos can get some much-needed pitching help for him, it's something they'll surely consider. Cafardo lists the Royals and Orioles as possible landing spots for Kendrick.
Bronson Arroyo wants three-year deal 10-06-2013
Bronson Arroyo P ARZ
Impending free agent Bronson Arroyo is eyeing a three-year deal this winter and doesn't believe the Reds will be the team that's gives it to him.

Boston Globe
Arroyo will turn 37 in February, but with his track record of durability, asking for a three-year pact isn't unreasonable. "I have no preference on where I want to pitch but I'll certainly consider the team, their chances of winning, and all of that," he said. "I feel I can pitch effectively at 37, 38, and 39 years old. I've never missed a start. Never been injured. I'm not a max-effort guy out there, so there's no big-time wear and tear on me. I loved Cincinnati but I don't think they're in position to give me what I want." The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo lists the Blue Jays, Orioles, Brewers, Cubs, Giants, Pirates, Cardinals, and Dodgers as teams that could have interest in Arroyo this winter.
Orioles could re-sign Brian Roberts 10-06-2013
Brian Roberts 2B NYY
Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun writes that the Orioles will "explore" re-signing Brian Roberts to a one-year contract.

Baltimore Sun
Roberts never played more than 77 games in any season during his four-year, $40 million deal that will expire after the World Series. He managed to stay healthy over the final three months this season, though, and finished strong with five September homers. If he does return, he'd just be keeping second base warm for Jonathan Schoop. Encina also notes that the O's will consider bringing back Nate McLouth on a one-year pact.
Andre Ethier remains limited to pinch-hitting 10-06-2013
Andre Ethier RF LAD
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Saturday that it would be a "great surprise" if Andre Ethier (ankle) is able to play the outfield during the NLDS.

Los Angeles Times
Ethier has experienced modest improvement with his pain above his left ankle, but he didn't do any running during Saturday's workout and remains limited to pinch-hitting duty. He has grounded out and drawn a walk in his two pinch-hitting appearances this series.
Kershaw could start Game 4 on short rest 10-06-2013
Clayton Kershaw P LAD
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has left open the possibility that Clayton Kershaw could start Game 4 against the Braves on short rest should the club lose Game 3.

Los Angeles Times
"We shouldn't say we haven't thought about it, because you're always going to think about everything," Mattingly said. "Right now, we're scheduled with Ricky (Nolasco), and that's the way we're going to go." Nolasco allowed 19 runs over 12 innings in his last three starts of the regular season, so it's possible the Dodgers will opt for Kershaw on three days' rest if it's an elimination game. That would set up Game 5 for Zack Greinke, who would be on regular rest.
Hurdle not naming Game 5 starter yet 10-06-2013
A.J. Burnett P PHI
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has yet to reveal who would be the team's starter in a potential Game 5 versus the Cardinals.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
It's A.J. Burnett's turn to pitch, but he was blasted for seven runs over just two innings in Game 1. Gerrit Cole dominated the Cards over six frames in Game 2 and would be on regular rest Wednesday, so it would be a surprise if the Pirates didn't go with the youngster. St. Louis would go with Adam Wainwright in a potential Game 5.
Vogt delivers walk-off in Athletics' 1-0 win 10-06-2013
Stephen Vogt C OAK
Stephen Vogt's bases-loaded, walk-off single gave the A's a 1-0 win over the Tigers in Game 2 of the ALDS on Saturday. Vogt was in line to be one of the game's bigger goats prior to the hit, as he'd struck out three times in his first three at-bats. But in the game's biggest spot, Vogt lined a single past a drawn-in infield to send everyone home. It was a good spot for his first career postseason hit.
Cespedes scores winning run in Game 2 victory 10-06-2013
Yoenis Cespedes LF BOS
Yoenis Cespedes went 2-for-4 and scored the game's lone run in the A's Game 2 win over the Tigers on Saturday. Cespedes led off the ninth inning with a single and went to third on Seth Smith's single to right field. After an intentional walk, Stephen Vogt delivered a walk-off single for the victory. The left fielder had two of the team's eight hits, and he's now 4-for-8 with a home run through the fist two games of the ALDS.
Vintage Verlander whiffs 11 in no-decision 10-06-2013
Justin Verlander P DET
Justin Verlander struck out 11 batters over seven shutout innings but took a no-decision against the A's on Saturday. Verlander had everything working; his biggest obstacle was his opposing pitcher, as A's starter Sonny Gray matched him zero for zero. Verlander allowed just four singles and a walk, and he worked out of a couple jams thanks to his 11 strikeouts. His 11th, the third of the night for A's catcher Stephen Vogt, ended the seventh inning with two runners in scoring position. Verlander may come back to start a potential Game 5 if needed next week.
Gray twirls eight scoreless in no-decision 10-06-2013
Sonny Gray P OAK
Sonny Gray threw eight scoreless innings against the Tigers on Saturday, settling for a no-decision. Gray and Tigers starter Justin Verlander traded scoreless frames but only the 23-year-old completed eight innings. Gray rendered the potent Tigers offense powerless, allowing just four singles and two walks while striking out nine. Even without the win, it wasn't a bad first playoff start for the former first-round pick.