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Eduardo Nunez will start for the Red Sox at third base in Game 3 of the ALCS on Tuesday.

Rafael Devers got the call at third base in Game 2 and reached base three times and scored two runs, but manager Alex Cora will turn back to Nunez with the Astros throwing lefty Dallas Keuchel. Nunez is just 2-for-14 at the plate so far this postseason, but Cora prefers his defense to Devers'.
Oct 15 - 7:15 PM

The Rangers interviewed Rays coach Rocco Baldelli and Giants vice president of player development David Bell on Monday.

Baldelli and Bell are also candidates for the Reds' job, as well. The Rangers have also interviewed Joe Girardi, Jayce Tingler, Brandon Hyde and Joe Espada and they're expected to talk to Dusty Wathan this week.
Oct 15 - 6:49 PM

Dean Kiekhefer has elected free agency.

Kiekhefer was removed from the A's 40-man roster and has decided to test out free agency rather than accept an outright assignment. The left-handed reliever holds a 6.38 ERA over 30 appearances in the majors.
Oct 15 - 6:29 PM

Chris Sale (illness) has been released from Massachusetts General Hospital and will rejoin the Red Sox on Tuesday in Houston.

Sale was admitted to the hospital on Saturday with a stomach illness, but all indications are that it was a minor issue and he should be fine. The left-hander will be checked out Tuesday before anything is official, but he is lined up to start Game 5 on Thursday in Houston.
Oct 15 - 5:39 PM

Wade Miley will start for the Brewers in NLCS Game 5 on Wednesday on short rest.

Manager Craig Counsell hasn't announced a Game 4 starter yet, but he did say he'll be handing the ball to Miley in Game 5 on three days' rest. The left-hander needed just 74 pitches to get through 5 2/3 scoreless innings in Game 2. The Brewers ultimately figure to go with an "opener" for Game 4 and Counsell is just waiting to see who will be available.
Oct 15 - 5:25 PM

Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM in Chicago reports that the Giants "have shown real interest" in Cubs executive Jason McLeod for their vacant general manager job.

McLeod has been with the Cubs since 2012 and is currently their vice president of player development and amateur scouting. He has also been connected to the Mets' GM job and has interviewed for GM gigs in the past.
Oct 15 - 5:19 PM

Brian McCann will start Game 3 of the ALCS on Tuesday.

He'll have caught both of Dallas Keuchel's starts, with Martin Maldonado starting the other four games. Tony Kemp will also get his first start of the series.
Oct 15 - 5:11 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said he's considering using Jose Altuve as the team's designated hitter in Game 3 of the ALCS on Tuesday.

Altuve landed on the disabled list back in July with a right knee injury and he banged the knee up again in Game 2 of the ALDS. Worth noting is that he's gone just 4-for-18 at the plate since that game, but it won't keep him out of the lineup unless it gets worse. The Astros could stick Marwin Gonzalez at second base if Altuve is the DH, although Gonzalez is also banged up after colliding with the outfield wall in Game 2 of the ALCS. Tony Kemp will get a start either in left field or the DH spot.
Oct 15 - 5:01 PM

Joc Pederson is starting in left field and batting leadoff for the Dodgers in Monday's NLCS Game 3 against the Brewers.

Pederson didn't start either of the first two games with the Brewers going with lefties, but he's in there versus Jhoulys Chacin. Max Muncy is also starting after coming off the bench in Games 1 and 2. The Dodgers' full lineup looks like this: Pederson LF, Muncy 1B, Justin Turner 3B, Manny Machado SS, Cody Bellinger CF, Yasiel Puig RF, Yasmani Grandal C, Enrique Hernandez 2B, Walker Buehler P.
Oct 15 - 4:18 PM

Travis Shaw is starting at second base and batting cleanup for the Brewers in Monday's NLCS Game 3 versus the Dodgers.

Shaw didn't start Game 1 against Clayton Kershaw but has been in the lineup for the next two contests. The Brewers' full lineup is as follows: Lorenzo Cain CF, Christian Yelich RF, Ryan Braun LF, Shaw 2B, Jesus Aguilar 1B, Mike Moustakas 3B, Erik Kratz C, Orlando Arcia SS, Jhoulys Chacin P.
Oct 15 - 4:07 PM

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Anthony Iapoce is leaving the Rangers to become the new hitting coach for the Cubs.

He'll replace Chili Davis, who was let go by the Cubs last week after just one season on the job. It's a logical fit, as Iapoce worked as special assistant to the general manager with the Cubs for three seasons before leaving to take the job with the Rangers prior to the 2016 season. The Rangers already fired manager Jeff Banister, so their staff is headed for quite the shakeup.
Oct 15 - 3:46 PM

Athletics sent RHP Chris Hatcher outright to Triple-A Las Vegas.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster. Hatcher, 33, made 35 relief appearances with the A's this season while posting a 4.95 ERA and 30/17 K/BB ratio over 36 1/3 innings.
Oct 15 - 3:41 PM

The Braves are open to moving Ronald Acuna to right field if they acquire a player who is a better fit in left field.

The Braves are expected to be in the market for a corner outfielder, so they have some flexibility here. Impending free agent Nick Markakis was the regular right fielder in 2018 and remains a possibility to return. Bryce Harper will be the top free agent outfielder on the board, but Andrew McCutchen, A.J. Pollock, and Michael Brantley are among the other notable names. Of course, the Braves could also look to the trade market.
Oct 15 - 3:14 PM

Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that the Rangers will interview Phillies third base coach Dusty Wathan this week for their managerial vacancy.

The Rangers are on the market for a new manager after cutting ties with Jeff Banister down the stretch. Joe Girardi has reportedly interviewed already while Cubs bench Brandon Hyde and Astros bench coach Joe Espada are among some of the other candidates. Wathan was considered for the Phillies' manager job last offseason before the club hired Gabe Kapler. He has extensive managerial experience in the minors.
Oct 15 - 2:09 PM

Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Monday that the club has interest in retaining impending free agents Nick Markakis and Kurt Suzuki.

Anthopoulos didn't say whether any negotiations have taken place, but it's safe to assume they'll be in touch soon if they haven't already. While Markakis dropped off during the second half, he still had his best season in several years with a .297/.366/.440 batting line to go along with 14 homers and 93 RBI. He'll turn 35 in November. Suzuki worked as part of a tandem with Tyler Flowers once again while batting .271/.332/.444 with 12 homers and 50 RBI over 105 games. He turned 35 earlier this month.
Oct 15 - 12:04 PM



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