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Wil Myers expects to play Tuesday 10-07-2013
Wil Myers RF TB
Wil Myers (legs) said that he expects to be back in the lineup on Tuesday.

Marc Topkin on Twitter
Myers cramped up on a swing in the bottom of the seventh inning Monday and eventually had to leave the game. It's no big deal, though, and he should be back in there for Game 4 even though he's hitless in 12 ALDS at-bats.
Alex Cobb pitches well in no-decision 10-07-2013
Alex Cobb P TB
Alex Cobb lasted just five innings Monday, getting charged with three runs -- two earned -- in a 5-4 walk-off win over the Red Sox. The right-hander gave up five hits, walked a pair and struck out five. Cobb needed 94 pitches to cover the five frames, but he actually pitched pretty well, getting let down by his defense on multiple occasions. He left with the game tied and watched Jose Lobaton smack a walk-off homer in the ninth. Jeremy Hellickson will get the ball on Tuesday versus Jake Peavy as Tampa tries to force the series back to Boston.
Clay Buchholz undone by Longo homer 10-07-2013
Clay Buchholz P BOS
Clay Buchholz was charged with three runs over six frames in Monday's loss to the Rays. Buchholz wasn't particularly sharp, giving up seven hits while walking three. He managed to work out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth but was taken deep by Evan Longoria in the fifth with a two-out, three-run homer. The Red Sox will turn to Jake Peavy in Game 4 as they try again to advance to the ALCS.
Rays still alive after Lobaton walk-off homer 10-07-2013
Jose Lobaton C WAS
The Rays kept their season alive Monday thanks to a Jose Lobaton pinch-hit, walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning versus the Red Sox. Manager Joe Maddon chose to lose the designated hitter spot in the eighth inning when Wil Myers left with cramps, as Matt Joyce shifted to right field. As it turned out, Lobaton wound up pinch-hitting in Myers' spot and delivered with a deep drive over the right-center field wall off of Red Sox closer Koji Uehara. Evan Longoria also had a huge homer in the contest, blasting a three-run shot in the fifth to tie things up. The Rays will send Jeremy Hellickson to the hill against Jake Peavy on Tuesday.
Jacoby Ellsbury goes 3-for-5 in loss 10-07-2013
Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY
Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a stolen base in Monday's loss to the Rays. Ellsbury wasn't exactly scorching the ball, as a lineout in the seventh inning was the hardest ball he hit all night, but he was putting them in the right spots. The outfielder is now hitting .571/.571/.714 with six runs scored in the first three games of the series.
Wil Myers leaves game with leg cramps 10-07-2013
Wil Myers RF TB
Wil Myers left Monday's game against the Red Sox with leg cramps.

Marc Topkin on Twitter
Myers felt it on a swing in the bottom of the seventh. He took the field for the eighth but decided after warming up that he wasn't feeling well enough to continue. The outfielder is receiving IV fluids and should be fine for a potential Game 4.
Zach Phillips elects free agency 10-07-2013
Zach Phillips P MIA
Zach Phillips has elected free agency.

Chris Cotillo on Twitter
Phillips had been outrighted off the Marlins' 40-man roster and will now seek employment elsewhere. He spent most of the 2013 season at the Triple-A level.
Koyie Hill elects free agency 10-07-2013
Koyie Hill C PHI
Koyie Hill has elected free agency.

Chris Cotillo on Twitter
Hill was removed from the 40-man roster Monday and will now look for a job elsewhere. He appeared in 18 games with the Marlins this season.
Yanks giving Girardi as much time as he needs 10-07-2013
Joe Girardi C NYY
Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com reports that that Yankees are "prepared to give Joe Girardi as much time as he needs" to make a decision about their contract offer.

ESPN New York
Girardi's contract officially runs out at the end of the month, and Marchand says the club is willing to wait that long. The Yankees have reportedly offered the skipper a three-year deal in the $12-15 million range, but they could get into a bidding war with the Cubs, who have set their sights on Girardi.
Michael Wacha brilliant as Cards take Game 4 10-07-2013
Michael Wacha P STL
Michael Wacha nearly threw a no-hitter again, limiting the Pirates to one hit and one run over 7 1/3 fantastic innings in Monday's 2-1 victory. Wacha had only yielded a leadoff walk to Russell Martin in the sixth inning before Pedro Alvarez took him deep in the eighth. He was removed after walking Martin again following the homer, but Carlos Martinez and Trevor Rosenthal closed things out. Wacha, of course, came within one out of a no-no in his final regular season start, as he's allowed just two hits while striking out 18 over his last 16 frames. The Cardinals will turn to Adam Wainwright in Game 5, while the Bucs will counter with Gerrit Cole.
Charlie Morton pitches well in loss 10-07-2013
Charlie Morton P PIT
Charlie Morton limited the Cardinals to two runs over 5 2/3 innings but took a loss in Monday's NLDS Game 4. Morton was a little wild, walking four, but he allowed just three hits, struck out four and got 11 outs on the ground. Unfortunately for the sinkerballer, one of the hits he gave up was a sixth-inning blast to Matt Holliday that proved to be the difference. Morton should get another start in the NLCS if the Pirates advance.
Matt Holliday goes deep as Cards down Pirates 10-07-2013
Matt Holliday LF STL
Matt Holliday singled and ripped a two-run homer in Monday's win over the Pirates. Holliday's long drive over the center field wall in the sixth inning represented the only two runs for the Cardinals, but it wound up being enough. He and Pete Kozma also had singles on the day for the club's only other two base knocks. The series is headed back to St. Louis for a deciding Game 5 on Wednesday.
Pedro Alvarez launches solo homer Monday 10-07-2013
Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT
Pedro Alvarez had the Pirates' only hit Monday, launching a solo homer in a loss to the Cardinals. Michael Wacha had a no-hitter going with one out in the eighth inning when Alvaraz turned around a fastball and sent it nearly 450 feet to right-center field. It was the third baseman's third home run in four NLDS games. Unfortunately for the Pirates, they were unable to get anything else going against Wacha and the Cards' bullpen.
Athletics power past Tigers in Game 3 of ALDS 10-07-2013
Brandon Moss 1B OAK
Brandon Moss launched a go-ahead solo homer in Monday's 6-3 win over the Tigers in Game 3 of the ALDS. Moss has struck out in nine out of his 11 at-bats during the series, but he came up big at the right time for Oakland. Josh Reddick and Seth Smith also homered in the victory. The A's will attempt to wrap up the series on Tuesday night.
Parker goes five innings in win over Tigers 10-07-2013
Jarrod Parker P OAK
Jarrod Parker yielded three runs over five innings in a win over the Tigers in Game 3 of the ALDS on Monday. Parker only managed one strikeout, but he held the Tigers to five hits and one walk. This was the first postseason victory of his career. The A's will go for the series victory Tuesday when they send Dan Straily to the hill against Doug Fister.
Jackson hitless in Game 3 loss to Athletics 10-07-2013
Austin Jackson CF SEA
Austin Jackson went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts in Monday's loss to the Athletics in Game 3 of the ALDS. Jackson, the Tigers' leadoff man, is 1-for-11 with a 7/1 K/BB ratio over the first three games of the series. It's no wonder that they have struggled to put up much offense thus far.
Pirates opt for Cole over Burnett in Game 5 10-07-2013
Gerrit Cole P PIT
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle announced after Game 4's loss to the Cardinals that Gerrit Cole will start Game 5 Wednesday.

Michael Sanserino on Twitter
It's A.J. Burnett's turn, but after Burnett was blasted and Cole was terrific in Games 1 and 2, respectively, it was a pretty easy call. The young right-hander will be on regular rest. Hurdle said that he wasn't sure yet whether Burnett would be available in relief. Cole held the Cards to just one run on two hits and two walks over six innings last Friday.
Sanchez hit hard in Game 3 loss to A's 10-07-2013
Anibal Sanchez P DET
Anibal Sanchez was knocked around for six runs (five earned) over 4 1/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Athletics in Game 3 of the ALDS. Sanchez gave up eight hits, including three home runs. He allowed only nine home runs in 182 innings during the regular season. The Tigers, now facing elimination, will turn to Doug Fister in Game 4.
X-rays negative on Torii Hunter's shoulder 10-07-2013
Torii Hunter RF DET
X-rays came back negative on Torii Hunter's left shoulder.

Bob Nightengale on Twitter
Hunter jammed his shoulder on the first play of the game on Monday, but it's not a major concern. He expects to be in the lineup for Game 4 of the ALDS.
Carrasco won't qualify for arb. this winter 10-07-2013
Carlos Carrasco P CLE
Carlos Carrasco will not qualify for arbitration this winter.

Jordan Bastian on Twitter
Carrasco ended up falling six days shy of earning Super Two status. This means that he is on track to be arbitration-eligible for the first time after the 2014 season. The 26-year-old posted an ugly 6.75 ERA and 30/18 K/BB ratio over 46 2/3 innings with the big club this year.
Indians outright LHP Rapada to Triple-A 10-07-2013
Clay Rapada P LAA
Indians sent LHP Clay Rapada outright to Triple-A Columbus. Rapada cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week. He is eligible to elect free agency.
Carlos Gonzalez (finger) won't have surgery 10-07-2013
Carlos Gonzalez LF COL
Carlos Gonzalez has decided against having surgery on his sprained right middle finger.

Denver Post
Gonzalez has been mulling over the possibility of surgery for weeks, but he was encouraged with his progress during an instructional league game last week and believes that his finger will heal if he shuts things down until December. There are no guarantees that he would regain flexibility in the finger if he has surgery, so he'll attempt to avoid it for now, but it's always possible the idea could be revisited later. For what it's worth, Troy Renck of the Denver Post notes that surgery would leave the finger immobilized for 6-to-8 weeks and would be followed by 4-to-6 weeks of rehabilitation.
Swisher (shoulder) unlikely to have surgery 10-07-2013
Nick Swisher 1B CLE
Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said Monday that "all indications are" that Nick Swisher will not require surgery on his left shoulder.

Jordan Bastian on Twitter
Swisher's shoulder was an issue throughout the season, but the Indians are confident an offseason of rest will do the trick. The 32-year-old batted .246/.341/.423 with 22 home runs and 63 RBI in 2013 in the first year of a four-year, $56 million contract.
Marlins outright LHP Phillips to Triple-A 10-07-2013
Zach Phillips P MIA
Marlins sent LHP Zach Phillips outright to Triple-A New Orleans.

Clark Spencer on Twitter
Phillips is no longer on the 40-man roster. The 26-year-old southpaw spent most of the 2013 season at the Triple-A level, but made three appearances with the big club in September.
Slowey activated, outrighted to Triple-A 10-07-2013
Kevin Slowey P MIA
Marlins activated RHP Kevin Slowey from the 60-day disabled list, sent him outright to Triple-A New Orleans.

Clark Spencer on Twitter
More housecleaning on the Marlins' 40-man roster. Slowey posted a 4.11 ERA and 76/18 K/BB ratio over 92 innings this season prior to going down with a right forearm strain in July.
Marlins outright C Hill to Triple-A 10-07-2013
Koyie Hill C PHI
Marlins sent C Koyie Hill outright to Triple-A New Orleans.

Clark Spencer on Twitter
The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster. Hill appeared in 18 games with the Marlins this season.
Nolasco no longer starting Game 4 of NLDS 10-07-2013
Ricky Nolasco P MIN
Ricky Nolasco is no longer starting Game 4 of the NLDS.

Los Angeles Dodgers on Twitter
The Dodgers are going for the jugular in Monday night's elimination game against the Braves with ace Clayton Kershaw. Nolasco will presumably be in the bullpen.
Dodgers announce Kershaw as Game 4 starter 10-07-2013
Clayton Kershaw P LAD
Clayton Kershaw will start for the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLDS on Monday against the Braves.

Los Angeles Dodgers on Twitter
It was supposed to be Ricky Nolasco, but the Dodgers are making a last-minute change as they try to oust the Braves from the postseason mix. Los Angeles is up 2-1 in the best-of-five series entering Monday's Game 4. It will be Kershaw's first career start on three days' rest.
Nava gets the nod in LF in Game 3 of ALDS 10-07-2013
Daniel Nava RF BOS
Daniel Nava is stating in left field for the Red Sox in Monday's ALDS Game 3 versus the Rays.

Pete Abraham on Twitter
Jonny Gomes started over Nava in the first two games of this five-game set against a pair of Rays left-handers. Nava gets the nod in Game 3 with the Red Sox up 2-0. Boston's full lineup: Jacoby Ellsbury CF, Shane Victorino RF, Dustin Pedroia 2B, David Ortiz DH, Mike Napoli 1B, Daniel Nava LF, Jarrod Saltalamacchia C, Stephen Drew SS, Will Middlebrooks 3B. Clay Buchholz will be the starting pitcher.
Joyce serving as Rays' DH in ALDS Game 3 10-07-2013
Matt Joyce LF TB
Matt Joyce is serving as the Rays' DH for Monday evening's ALDS Game 3 against the Red Sox.

Marc Topkin on Twitter
It'll be the first start of this best-of-five series for Joyce, who will try to help the Rays rebound from an 0-2 deficit. The full lineup for Tampa Bay: David DeJesus LF, Ben Zobrist 2B, Evan Longoria 3B, Wil Myers RF, James Loney 1B, Desmond Jennings CF, Matt Joyce DH, Yunel Escobar SS, Jose Molina C. Alex Cobb is on the bump versus Boston. Delmon Young is on the bench.
Fujikawa (elbow) cleared for throwing program 10-07-2013
Kyuji Fujikawa P CHC
Kyuji Fujikawa played catch Monday for the first time since his Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery.

Carrie Muskat on Twitter
One initial step in the right direction. Fujikawa signed a two-year, $9.5 million free agent contract with the Cubs last winter but was out for good by late May. He'll try to get back to 100 percent health by the middle of 2014. The crafty 33-year-old still has a bright future in MLB.
Miguel Montero undergoes surgery on finger 10-07-2013
Miguel Montero C ARZ
Miguel Montero underwent surgery over the weekend to clean up an infection in his left index finger.

Diamondbacks.mlb.com
Montero is expected to be 100 percent when spring training opens. He hit .230/.318/.344 with 11 homers and 42 RBI in 116 games this season -- his worst offensive showing since he became Arizona's starting catcher.
Kozma playing shortstop in Game 4 vs. Bucs 10-07-2013
Pete Kozma SS STL
Pete Kozma is starting at shortstop for the Cardinals in Game 4 of the NLDS versus the Pirates.

Derrick Goold on Twitter
Kozma was 2-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored in the Cardinals' Game 3 loss on Sunday, so he'll get the nod again in Game 4 Monday against Charlie Morton. Daniel Descalso is on the bench. The full St. Louis lineup: Matt Carpenter 2B, Carlos Beltran RF, Matt Holliday LF, Matt Adams 1B, Yadier Molina C, Jon Jay CF, David Freese 3B, Pete Kozma SS, Michael Wacha SP.
Peralta starting in LF in Game 3 vs. Oakland 10-07-2013
Jhonny Peralta SS STL
Jhonny Peralta is starting in left field in Game 3 of the ALDS Monday between the Tigers and A's. Andy Dirks and Don Kelly have handled left field in the first two games of the series, but Leyland wants a little more potential for offense in Game 3. Peralta has only played three games in the outfield in his career. The full Detroit lineup: Austin Jackson CF, Torii Hunter RF, Miguel Cabrera 3B, Prince Fielder 1B, Victor Martinez DH, Jhonny Peralta LF, Alex Avila C, Omar Infante 2B, Jose Iglesias SS.
Cubs prepared to outbid Yankees for Girardi 10-07-2013
Joe Girardi C NYY
Mark D. Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune heard from a source that the Cubs are "willing to top whatever offer" the Yankees have made to manager Joe Girardi.

Chicago Tribune
That could mean upwards of $5 million per season over a three- or four-year deal. The Yankees don't want to lose Girardi, so that number may climb even higher. Girardi is officially under contract with New York until November 1, which means there's more negotiating to come.
Barmes starting at SS in Game 4 vs. Cards 10-07-2013
Clint Barmes SS PIT
Clint Barmes is starting at shortstop for the Pirates in Monday's NLDS Game 4 against the Cardinals.

Bill Brink on Twitter
That's two starts in a row for Barmes, who is the far better defender than backup shortstop Jordy Mercer. Pittsburgh will be looking to advance to the NLCS with a win over the Cardinals on Monday at PNC Park. The full Bucs lineup: Starling Marte LF, Neil Walker 2B, Andrew McCutchen CF, Justin Morneau 1B, Marlon Byrd RF, Pedro Alvarez 3B, Russell Martin C, Clint Barmes SS, Charlie Morton SP.
White Sox planning hard push for Granderson? 10-07-2013
Curtis Granderson RF NYM
According to Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times, the White Sox are planning a hard push this offseason for free agent outfielder Curtis Granderson.

Chicago Sun-Times
White Sox GM Rick Hahn suggested last month that the club is entering a rebuilding phase and signing a 32-year-old free agent would seem to counteract that idea. But Granderson had an unproductive 2013 -- largely due to injuries -- and may come relatively cheap.
Stephen Vogt starting again in ALDS Gm. 3 10-07-2013
Stephen Vogt C OAK
Stephen Vogt is starting at catcher again in Game 3 of the ALDS Monday afternoon against the Tigers.

Susan Slusser on Twitter
Vogt also got the nod in the first two games of this best-of-five series and hit a walkoff RBI single to give Oakland a win in Game 2. The full A's lineup for Monday's Game 3 in Detroit: Coco Crisp CF, Josh Donaldson 3B, Jed Lowrie SS, Brandon Moss 1B, Yoenis Cespedes LF, Seth Smith DH, Josh Reddick RF, Stephen Vogt C, Eric Sogard 2B. Jarrod Parker is pitching.
X-rays turn up negative on Ellis' left elbow 10-07-2013
A.J. Ellis C LAD
X-rays turned up negative on A.J. Ellis' left elbow.

Dylan Hernandez on Twitter
Ellis was struck by a pitch in the eighth inning of Sunday night's NLDS Game 3 win, but he went back out to catch the ninth and should be fine for Game 4. Tim Federowicz is the Dodgers' backup catcher this postseason.
Rays likely to trade David Price this winter? 10-07-2013
David Price P DET
According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, some executives expect David Price to be traded this winter.

Joel Sherman on Twitter
That doesn't mean it's definitely going to happen, but Sherman notes that the Rays dealt Matt Garza and James Shields when they were exactly two years away from free agency and that's where Price will be this offseason. Price, 28, won the American League Cy Young Award in 2012 and had another fine year in 2013. He would undoubtedly fetch a nice package of prospects.
Paul Janish suffered broken nose on Friday 10-07-2013
Paul Janish SS COL
Paul Janish suffered a broken nose during a weight-lifting accident on Friday.

Atlanta Journal Constitution
But he isn't in any pain and has been cleared to play through the injury. "It was a freak deal," said Janish. "I've had some stitches, but it's not bad. It doesn't affect anything so long as I don't get hit in the nose again." He has not made an appearance yet in the NLDS.
Nolasco, not Kershaw, to start NLDS Gm. 4 10-07-2013
Ricky Nolasco P MIN
Ricky Nolasco will start NLDS Game 4 vs. the Braves.

Los Angeles Times
The Dodgers were considering throwing Clayton Kershaw, but they took a 2-1 series lead over Atlanta on Sunday night and can now save Kershaw for a potential Game 5. Nolasco posted a 3.52 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 75/21 K/BB ratio in 87 innings this season for Los Angeles. If the offense continues to produce, he'll give them a fine chance.
Hanley Ramirez has 3 hits in rout of Braves 10-07-2013
Hanley Ramirez SS LAD
Hanley Ramirez had another monster day offensively in Sunday's 13-6 rout over the Braves in Game 3 of the NLDS on Sunday, going 3-for-4 with a double, triple, three runs scored and two RBI. Ramirez delivered the go-ahead hit with an RBI triple off Julio Teheran in the four-run fourth inning. He would add an RBI single off Jordan Walden as part of a three-run uprising in the eighth inning. He's been hammering the ball this postseason, hitting .538 (7-for-13) with four runs scored and six RBI.
Crawford's three-run homer powers Dodgers 10-07-2013
Carl Crawford LF LAD
Carl Crawford blasted a three-run homer, helping to power the Dodgers in a 13-6 rout over the Braves in Game 3 of the NLDS on Sunday. Crawford finished the evening 2-for-5 with three scored and three RBI. His two-out, three run-blast off opposing starter Julio Teheran capped a four-run second inning that put the Dodgers on top 4-2. The veteran outfielder is now hitting .308 (4-for-13) with four runs scored and three RBI in the series. The 13 runs that the Dodgers scored Sunday are the most they've tallied in a postseason game since the 1956 World Series.
Capuano earns victory with solid relief work 10-07-2013
Chris Capuano P NYY
Chris Capuano earned the victory for his masterful performance out of the Dodgers bullpen on Sunday, holding the Braves scoreless and hitless for three innings, allowing just three walks. Capuano was called upon to take over in the fourth inning after starter Hyun-Jin Ryu proved to be ineffective, and he was certainly up to the task. He walked the leadoff hitter in each of his three innings, but kept the Braves at bay and saved the Dodgers bullpen in the process. It's possible that the Dodgers could opt to start Capuano over Ryu should they advance to the NLCS.
Ryu struggles mightily in postseason debut 10-07-2013
Hyun-jin Ryu P LAD
Hyun-Jin Ryu struggled mightily against the Braves in Game 3 of the NLDS on Sunday, allowing four runs on six hits and a walk over three innings in a no-decision. The 26-year-old rookie southpaw made history when he took the hill, becoming the first Korean-born player to start a postseason game. It was not his finest effort however, as the Braves jumped on him for a pair of runs in the first inning, then added a pair in the third courtesy of a few defensive gaffes made by Ryu himself. He did contribute with the stick however, getting the Dodgers offense going with a sacrifice fly in the four-run second inning off Julio Teheran.
Heyward blasts two-run homer in losing effort 10-07-2013
Jason Heyward RF ATL
Jason Heyward blasted a two-run homer in a losing effort against the Dodgers in Game 3 of the NLDS on Sunday. Heyward tagged Dodgers reliever Paco Rodriguez with the towering blast to center in the ninth inning, pulling the Braves to within 13-6. It was Heyward's lone hit in five at-bats in the game, and he's just 3-for-13 (.231) in the series.
Chris Johnson plates two in loss to Dodgers 10-07-2013
Chris Johnson 3B ATL
Chris Johnson plated a pair of runs in a losing effort against the Dodgers in Game 3 of the NLDS on Sunday. Johnson delivered a two-out, RBI single off opposing starter Hyun-Jin Ryu in the first inning, increasing the Braves early lead to 2-0. He would then add another RBI on a fielder's choice in the fourth to tie the game at 4-4. Johnson is now hitting .333 (4-for-12) with four RBI on the series.
Teheran gets just eight outs in Game 3 loss 10-07-2013
Julio Teheran P ATL
Julio Teheran recorded just eight outs against the Dodgers in Game 3 of the NLDS on Sunday, surrendering six runs on eight hits and a walk. Teheran punched out five in his 2 2/3 innings. The 22-year-old rookie right-hander became the first Columbian to start a postseason game, but it wouldn't be a memorable night for him. The Dodgers broke through four runs in the second inning, courtesy of a sacrifice fly from Hyun-Jin Ryu and a three-run blast off the bat of Carl Crawford. After the Braves battled back to tie the game with three in the top half of the third, the Dodgers offense tacked on another pair in the third on RBI singles from Adrian Gonzalez and Skip Schumaker.