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Michael Morse expected to return if Giants advance
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:03 pm ET) Giants outfielder Michael Morse, who is inactive for Wednesday's wild-card game against the Pirates, will be activated at some point if the Giants advance, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Morse hasn't played since Sept. 20 due to an oblique injury.

Jed Lowrie open to returning to A's
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:59 pm ET) Upcoming free-agent shortstop Jed Lowrie is willing to listen to the Athletics regarding a potential return next season but admitted that money will be a factor in his decision, MLB.com reports.

After two years of hitting at least 15 home runs, Lowrie saw his power fall in 2014, hitting .249/.321/.355 with just six home runs and 50 RBI in 502 at-bats. He enters free agency with a career .261/.330/.411 line along with 56 home runs and 284 RBI in 2,253 career at-bats.


Rajai Davis runs, plays catch Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:52 pm ET) Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis ran and played catch at Camden Yards Wednesday and seemed upbeat, MLB.com reports.

Davis dealt with a strained groin over the last weekend of the regular season. His availability for Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Orioles won't be known until Thursday.


Lyle Overbay expected to retire
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:43 pm ET) Brewers first baseman Lyle Overbay said Wednesday that he's "99.9 percent sure" he'll retire this offseason, MLB Network Radio reports.

Overbay wrapped up his 2014 season with a .233/.328/.333 line along with four home runs and 35 RBI in 258 at-bats while playing with the Brewers for the first time since 2005. If this is the end, he'll finish his career with a .266/.347/.429 line along with 151 home runs, 675 RBI and 19 stolen bases in 5,102 at-bats over 14 years with six different teams.


Yordano Ventura draws Game 2 nod
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:26 pm ET) Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura will start Game 2 of the American League Division Series Friday against the Angels, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Ventura gave up four earned runs in four innings in his final start of the season Sunday. He was then used in relief during Tuesday's wild-card win, surrendering two earned runs while recording just one out. Ventura finished his rookie season with a 14-10 record, 3.20 ERA and 159:69 K:BB ratio in 183 innings.


Chris Tillman gets nod for Game 1 of ALDS
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:21 pm ET) Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman has drawn the nod for Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Tigers Thursday.

Tillman has been a force in the Orioles rotation over the last three seasons, going 38-16 with a 3.42 ERA and 395:158 K:BB ratio in 499 2/3 innings. That included a 13-6 record, 3.34 ERA and 150:66 K:BB ratio in 207 1/3 innings in 2014.

Manager Buck Showalter has informed his players of his rotation plans after Game 1, but he won't announce them until after Thursday's game, the Baltimore Sun reports.


Pedro Alvarez, Chris Stewart out of wild-card lineup
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:09 pm ET) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez (foot) and catcher Chris Stewart (wrist) are not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's wild-card game against the Giants. Alvarez hasn't played since Sept. 5, while Stewart sits in favor of regular starter Russell Martin.

Report: Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud undergoes elbow surgery
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:17 pm ET) Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud had successful surgery Wednesday to remove a bone spur from his right elbow, a source told the New York Daily News.

Kevin Gausman to work out of Orioles' bullpen during ALDS
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:13 pm ET) Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman said he has been told he will pitch out of the bullpen during the ALDS against the Tigers, according to The Baltimore Sun. Gausman went 7-7 with a 3.57 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in 20 starts for Baltimore this season.

Pirates catcher Russell Martin starts Wednesday vs. Giants
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:07 pm ET) As expected, Pirates catcher Russell Martin made it into the starting lineup for Wednesday's wild-card game against the Giants. He had been out since aggravating a hamstring injury Friday.

 
 
 
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