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|Justin Verlander to start Game 5 for Tigers||10-08-2013|
|Justin Verlander P DET|
Justin Verlander will start ALDS Game 5 against the Athletics on Thursday.
Jane Lee on Twitter
|The Tigers used Max Scherzer for two innings in relief in Game 4, so Verlander will not get the ball in Oakland. The A's have yet to announce their starter, but it will be either Bartolo Colon or Sonny Gray. He held the A's scoreless while striking out 11 over seven innings in Game 2 last weekend. Scherzer should be ready to go for Game 1 of the ALCS should the Tigers advance.|
|Doug Fister posts quality start vs. A's||10-08-2013|
|Doug Fister P WAS|
|Doug Fister was charged with three runs on seven hits and a walk over six innings in Tuesday's 8-6 win over the Athletics.||Fister had zero command in the first two frames, allowing a run on three hits, a walk and a wild pitch. He started to settle in over the next couple innings before serving up a two-out, two-run shot to Jed Lowrie in the fifth. After a scoreless sixth, Fister was pulled in favor of Max Scherzer. The Tigers gave up three runs over three relief frames but survived to fight another day. Justin Verlander will start for them in Oakland Thursday.|
|Dan Straily strikes out eight on no-decision||10-08-2013|
|Dan Straily P CHC|
|Dan Straily struck out eight while allowing three runs over six frames in Tuesday's loss to the Tigers.||One bad inning and one really bad pitch did Straily in. The right-hander had a no-hitter going into the fifth inning when Prince Fielder led off with a bloop single. A Victor Martinez single and then home run by Jhonny Peralta -- which came on a fastball up and over the plate -- followed. Straily retired the next three batters and had a scoreless sixth but was then pulled despite having thrown only 76 pitches. The A's bullpen then proceeded to allow five runs over the next two frames.|
|Jhonny Peralta homers as Tigers extend series||10-08-2013|
|Jhonny Peralta SS STL|
|Jhonny Peralta hit a game-tying, three-run homer in the fifth inning of Tuesday's win over the Athletics.||With the Tigers' offense struggling, things were looking bleak after the A's got out to a 3-0 lead. Peralta ignited things with the two-out blast in the fifth and Detroit wound up plating eight on the night in the two-run victory. It was Peralta's first longball since August 3, which was two days before he began serving his PED suspension. Victor Martinez also had a big day for the Tigers, going 3-for-4 with a dinger of his own.|
|Coco Crisp gets four hits in Game 4 loss||10-08-2013|
|Coco Crisp CF OAK|
|Coco Crisp went 4-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored in Tuesday's loss to the Tigers.||Crisp led off the game with a triple and tacked on singles in three of his next four trips to the plate. In the two games in Detroit, Crisp wound up with seven hits in nine at-bats, scoring four runs and stealing a base in the process. Jed Lowrie also had a big day at the plate for the A's with an RBI single and a two-run homer. It wasn't enough, though, as Oakland fell shot in the slugfest.|
|Cards not ruling out NLCS start for Miller||10-08-2013|
|Shelby Miller P ATL|
The Cardinals haven't ruled out giving Shelby Miller a start should they advance to the NLCS.
|Miller has been limited to one relief inning during the NLDS. Lance Lynn struggled during his division series start and would be an option to switch spots with Miller, though the Cards haven't given any indication that that could be their course of action. Lynn (and Miller) will be available out of the bullpen in Game 5 Wednesday.|
|Morales to reject Mariners' qualifying offer||10-08-2013|
|Kendrys Morales 1B SEA|
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Kendrys Morales will reject the Mariners' qualifying offer.
|That offer -- a one-year contract that should be worth around $14 million -- will be officially made after the conclusion of the postseason. Morales wants a multi-year contract and will seek it out on the open market, but his free agent value is going to take a major hit once he officially rejects the qualifying sum because the 30-year-old DH will then be tied to draft pick compensation.|
|Wil Myers (cramps) in TB lineup for Game 4||10-08-2013|
|Wil Myers RF TB|
Wil Myers (legs) is in the Rays' starting lineup for ALDS Game 4 on Tuesday against the Red Sox.
Roger Mooney on Twitter
|Myers had to leave Game 3 on Monday night due to leg cramps, but he woke up feeling fine Tuesday morning. He is batting second and playing right field vs. Boston.|
|Kelly Johnson serving as Rays' DH in Gm. 4||10-08-2013|
|Kelly Johnson 3B BAL|
Kelly Johnson is serving as the Rays' DH in Tuesday night's ALDS Game 4 against the Red Sox.
Marc Topkin on Twitter
|It'll be the first start of this best-of-five series for Johnson. Delmon Young and Matt Joyce are on the bench. The full Tampa Bay lineup for Game 4: David DeJesus LF, Wil Myers RF, James Loney 1B, Evan Longoria 3B, Ben Zobrist 2B, Desmond Jennings CF, Kelly Johnson DH, Yunel Escobar SS, Jose Lobaton C. Jeremy Hellickson is on the hill.|
|Cubs re-sign Ryan Sweeney to two-year deal||10-08-2013|
|Ryan Sweeney CF CHC|
Cubs re-signed OF Ryan Sweeney to a two-year, $3.5 million contract with a $2.5 million option for 2016.
Bob Nightengale on Twitter
|It's a nice depth-building move for the Cubs, who got a decent .266/.324/.448 batting in 212 plate appearances this summer from Sweeney. The 28-year-old will likely serve as a fourth outfielder next season in Chicago.|
|Nava starting again in left in Game 4 vs. TB||10-08-2013|
|Daniel Nava RF BOS|
Daniel Nava is starting again in left field as the Red Sox take on the Rays in Game 4 of the ALDS.
Rob Bradford on Twitter
|Nava also started in Game 3 after sitting out for Jonny Gomes in Games 1 and 2. The full Boston 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. Jake Peavy is the Game 4 starting pitcher.|
|Michael Morse to undergo left wrist surgery||10-08-2013|
|Michael Morse LF SF|
Michael Morse will undergo surgery on his left wrist.
Roch Kubatko on Twitter
|The decision was made after Morse received a second opinion at the Mayo Clinic. The 31-year-old batted just .215/.270/.381 with 13 homers in 337 plate appearances this season between the Mariners and Orioles, but could make sense as a buy-low option in free agency.|
|Mariners designate C Blanco for assignment||10-08-2013|
|Henry Blanco C ARZ|
|Mariners designated C Henry Blanco for assignment.||The move clears a spot for the newly-claimed Travis Witherspoon on the 40-man roster. Blanco, 42, batted .142/.228/.246 with three homers in 150 plate appearances this season between the Blue Jays and Mariners.|
|Angels outright LHP Taylor to Triple-A||10-08-2013|
|Andrew Taylor P LAA|
|Angels activated LHP Andrew Taylor from the 60-day disabled list; sent him outright to Triple-A Salt Lake.||Taylor is no longer on the Angels' 40-man roster. The 26-year-old southpaw didn't pitch in 2013 due to a torn labrum.|
|Angels outright RHP Coello to Triple-A||10-08-2013|
|Robert Coello P NYY|
|Angels sent RHP Robert Coello outright to Triple-A Salt Lake.||The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster. Coello missed most of the season with a shoulder injury, but was effective when healthy, posting a 3.71 ERA and 23/8 K/BB ratio over 16 appearances.|
|Parker could be dealing with fatigue||10-08-2013|
|Jarrod Parker P OAK|
Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday that it looks like Jarrod Parker is battling some fatigue or dead arm symptoms.
Joe Stiglich on Twitter
|Parker gave up three runs over five innings in Monday's Game 3 victory over the Tigers, but Melvin could tell he didn't look right. Assuming the A's win the series, Melvin will see how Parker responds over the next few days before making a decision about his availability moving forward.|
|Lowrie remains in No. 3 spot for Athletics||10-08-2013|
|Jed Lowrie SS OAK|
Jed Lowrie remains in the No. 3 spot in Game 4 of the ALDS against the Tigers on Tuesday.
John Hickey on Twitter
|Lowrie is 0-for-12 with six strikeouts in the series, but Athletics manager Bob Melvin isn't making any chances from Game 3. The full Oakland lineup: Coco Crisp CF, Josh Donaldson 3B, Lowrie SS, Brandon Moss 1B, Yoenis Cespedes LF, Smith Smith DH, Josh Reddick RF, Stephen Vogt C, Eric Sogard 2B. Dan Straily will start for Oakland.|
|Arroyo doesn't expect qualifying offer||10-08-2013|
|Bronson Arroyo P ARZ|
Bronson Arroyo told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com on Friday that he hasn't heard from the Reds and doesn't expect to receive a qualifying offer from the club.
|"I've heard not a word," said Arroyo. "The sense I have, I don't think they'll make me a [qualifying] offer. They would have to offer me $13-14 million for me to stay anyway." Arroyo recently told the Boston Globe that he wants a three-year deal and he stands a good chance to get it since no draft pick compensation will be attached.|
|Scherzer could pitch out of bullpen in Game 4||10-08-2013|
|Max Scherzer P DET|
Max Scherzer could be available out of the bullpen in Game 4 of the ALDS against the Athletics on Tuesday.
Chris Iott on Twitter
|Basically, it's all hands on deck as the Tigers attempt to keep their season alive. If Scherzer pitches and Detroit wins, Justin Verlander would pitch a deciding Game 5.|
|Kemp undergoing cleanup surgery on shoulder||10-08-2013|
|Matt Kemp CF LAD|
Matt Kemp will undergo cleanup surgery on the AC joint of his left shoulder on Tuesday.
Los Angeles Dodgers on Twitter
|The surgery comes one week after Kemp shut things down for the season due to his recurring left ankle injury. The good news is that both injuries are expected to heal in advance of spring training.|
|Rockies exercise option on Jorge De La Rosa||10-08-2013|
|Jorge De La Rosa P COL|
Rockies exercised LHP Jorge De La Rosa's $11 million club option for 2014.
Colorado Rockies on Twitter
|An expected move. De La Rosa was limited to just 13 starts from 2011-2012 due to Tommy John surgery, but he bounced back this season by going 16-6 with a 3.49 ERA and 112/62 K/BB ratio over 167 2/3 innings. Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies are expected to talk to the southpaw about a contract extension.|
|Peralta in LF again for Game 4 vs. Athletics||10-08-2013|
|Jhonny Peralta SS STL|
Jhonny Peralta will start in left field again in Game 4 of the ALDS against the Athletics.
MLB Lineups on Twitter
|Peralta started in left field Monday for the first time in the series and went 1-for-4 with a two-run single. The full Tigers' lineup: Austin Jackson CF, Torii Hunter RF, Miguel Cabrera 3B, Prince Fielder 1B, Victor Martinez DH, Peralta LF, Alex Avila C, Omar Infante 2B, Jose Iglesias SS. Doug Fister will be on the mound as the Tigers attempt to keep their season alive.|
|Ryan Langerhans elects free agency||10-08-2013|
|Ryan Langerhans LF TOR|
Ryan Langerhans has elected free agency.
Ben Nicholson-Smith on Twitter
|Langerhans logged 11 at-bats in four games with the Blue Jays this season. The 33-year-old will likely have to settle for a spring training invite this winter.|
|Clayton Kershaw goes six strong on short rest||10-08-2013|
|Clayton Kershaw P LAD|
|Pitching on short rest, Clayton Kershaw allowed two unearned runs over six innings in Monday's 4-3 victory over the Braves.||He gave up just three hits, walked one and struck out six. Kershaw's stuff looked just fine on three days' rest, as he was sitting comfortably in the mid-90s with sharp offspeed offerings. He was at 91 pitches through six frames and certainly would have remained in had he been on regular rest, but manager Don Mattingly entrusted the final nine outs to the bullpen. After Ronald Belisario gave up a run in his one-third of an inning of work, J.P. Howell, Brian Wilson and Kenley Jansen closed things out while the Dodgers' offense rallied. Los Angeles will get either the Pirates or Cardinals in the NLCS, with Zack Greinke on tap for Game 1.|
|Freddy Garcia pitches well in no-decision||10-08-2013|
|Freddy Garcia P ATL|
|Freddy Garcia held the Dodgers to two runs over six innings in Monday's loss.||Garcia gave up eight hits -- including a pair of homers -- and walked two. He was running on fumes in the sixth and should have been removed, but he managed to get through the inning and ultimately gave the Braves all they could have hoped for. Atlanta took a 3-2 lead into the eighth inning, but David Carpenter coughed it up while Craig Kimbrel stood on the bullpen mound, looking helpless.|
|Dodgers advance following Juan Uribe's homer||10-08-2013|
|Juan Uribe 3B LAD|
|Juan Uribe smacked a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning of Monday's win over the Braves.||Uribe was initially asked to bunt in the one-run game following a leadoff double by Yasiel Puig. He failed in two attempts, though, and then was allowed to swing away, drilling a hanging David Carpenter slider over the left field wall. Uribe also had a double on the night and batted .375/.375/.813 for the series.|
|Carl Crawford slugs two homers for Dodgers||10-08-2013|
|Carl Crawford LF LAD|
|Carl Crawford launched a pair of solo homers in Monday's win over the Braves.||Crawford led off the bottom of the first inning for the Dodgers with a solo shot on a hanging splitter and then turned on a Freddy Garcia in the third, driving it over the wall. The outfielder homered three times in the NLDS after going deep just six times in 116 contests during the regular season.|
|Brian McCann gets the Golden Sombrero||10-08-2013|
|Brian McCann C NYY|
|Brian McCann went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in Monday's loss to the Dodgers.||His Braves' career, which is likely over, ends with a Golden Sombrero. McCann wound up going hitless in 13 at-bats in the series, though he did draw three walks. Jason Heyward (.167/.167/.333) and Justin Upton (.143/.333/.214) also failed to show up for the series.|