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GM Terry Ryan confirmed Miguel Sano will not play winter ball.

Sano is still recovering from Tommy John surgery after tearing his UCL early in 2014. While a TJ surgery's recovery time is significantly shorter than the normal one year timetable for a pitcher, Sano still won't be ready for Winter Ball. After the Twins' other top prospect, Byron Buxton, stumbled through a injury plagued minor league season, Minnesota may be more cautious with the 21-year old Sano, who is known for his massive raw power. Because he's not going to be able to play winter ball, the possibility of Sano getting called up to the majors at some point next summer is looking very unlikely.
Analyst: Ben Diamond  View Profile

24 Oct, 08:31 PMSource

James Shields said he has been flying open in his delivery and rushing to the plate, causing his pitches to flatten out.

Shields has been dreadful this postseason, giving up 15 runs over just 19 innings (7.11 ERA). Hopefully the change in mechanics will give his pitches some life, leading to less hard contact. The Royals will count on Shields later in the World Series, so this mechanics fix could have a huge impact on the course of the series.
Analyst: Ben Diamond  View Profile

24 Oct, 08:05 PMSource

Moises Sierra was claimed on waivers by the Royals.

Sierra was waived by the White Sox, after hitting .276 with three stolen bases and two home runs over 127 at bats. He also spent time in triple-A, but actually performed worse in the minors. He's got decent pop and speed, so hopefully he can use those tools to his advantage, but doesn't have much more upside than as a utility player in the majors.
Analyst: Ben Diamond  View Profile

24 Oct, 06:50 PMSource

Madison Bumgarner did not throw a bullpen between starts because he wants to leave his options open, to be ready for Game 4 id he is needed.

Manager Bruce Bochy said that while Ryan Vogelsong is slated to pitch in game four, there is the option for Bumgarner to instead pitch. The decision will likely be based upon the outcome of tonight's game, but if the Giants lose, there's a good chance that Bumgarner gets the ball for Game 4.
Analyst: Ben Diamond  View Profile

24 Oct, 05:32 PMSource

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported Friday that sources believe Victor Martinez will try for a four-year contract in free agency.

Martinez, 35, certainly has earned a big contract, after a brilliant season with the Tigers. If he's playing DH, he stands a better chance stay healthy, and could provide four solid years for a club, though teams will certainly think twice before signing a veteran through his age-39 season.
Analyst: Ben Diamond  View Profile

24 Oct, 04:53 PMSource

Manager Bruce Bochy confirms Tim Lincecum's MRI was clean and he's good to go Friday if needed.

Lincecum suffered a back injury during Wednesday's game, but he's fine. He could see an expanded role out of the bullpen now that he's proved that he remembers how to pitch, as he threw 1.2 scoreless innings in his first appearance of the postseason on Wednesday.
Analyst: Ben Diamond  View Profile

24 Oct, 04:48 PMSource

Adam Wainwright underwent surgery Friday to remove bone chips in his right elbow, after seeking a second opinion this week in St. Louis.

The procedure was considered both necessary and minor. Wainwright should come out on top form this and will be ready to go for spring training. We'll track his progress through the offseason and see how he comes back, but it's tough to imagine ranking him outside of the top-five fantasy hurlers.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

24 Oct, 04:26 PMSource

Rusney Castillo is getting his bruised hand/wrist checked out Friday, but  the Red Sox still don't believe it's serious. 

He'll continue to be evaluated, but with no breaks or fractures to worry about, it looks like rest will be the answer here. He should be just fine for spring training in 2015.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

24 Oct, 04:09 PMSource

Michael Morse is not in the Giants Game 3 lineup on Friday.

Morse had been serving as the DH for the Giants while the Series was in Kansas City. Coming back to San Francisco though, it looks like the Giants will stick with their same outfield configuration.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

24 Oct, 03:07 PM

Norichika Aoki is not in the Royals Game 3 lineup on Friday.

Aoki will take a seat on the bench with Lorenzo Cain moving over to right field and Jarrod Dyson taking over in center. Given the dimensions at AT&T Park and how tricky right field plays and how Aoki has struggled defensively through the first two games, Cain and Dyson seem to be a much more reliable tandem.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

24 Oct, 03:04 PM

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Aaron Rodgers 9000
Andrew Luck 8800
Russell Wilson 8400
Drew Brees 8100
Tony Romo 7400

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Matt Forte 8800
DeMarco Murray 8600
Arian Foster 8400
Marshawn Lynch 7100
Jamaal Charles 6700

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Jimmy Graham 5600
Greg Olsen 5500
Martellus Bennett 5200
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