Astros SP Lance McCullers performs well in Monday defeat
Houston Astros pitcher Lance McCullers allowed two runs on two hits and two walks with seven strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings Monday during Game 4 of the American League Division Seriest Kansas City. He was in line for the win, but did not factor into the decision as the Royals tagged the bullpen for seven runs.
The 22-year-old rookie displayed great poise in his first career playoff start. He surrendered a two-run homer to Salvador Perez in the second inning, but settled down thereafter, permitting only a single, walk and a hit batter before A.J. Hinch put the game in the hands of his relievers.
Fresh off a remarkable rookie season and promising playoff debut, McCullers will certainly open 2016 with a spot in the starting rotation.
Astros C Jason Castro struggling in postseason
Jason Castro was hitless Monday during Houston's Game 4 ALDS loss to Kansas City. He struck out in all three of his at-bats before Jed Lowrie replaced him as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Through five games in the 2015 playoffs, Castro is 1-for-14 (.071) with eight strikeouts, two walks and two RBI.
Historic night for SS Carlos Correa not enough for Astros in loss
Houston Astros rookie slugger Carlos Correa went 4 for 4 with a double, two home runs, four RBI and two runs in the American League Division Series defeat to Kansas City on Monday.
The 21-year-old Correa became the youngest player in history to go 4 for 4 in the postseason. He also became the youngest ever in the American League to hit two home runs in a postseason game. Finally, he broke the record for most total bases in a postseason game by a shortstop with 11, surpassing Derek Jeter's 10 total bases in Game 1 of the 2006 ALDS.
Correa was in no mood to celebrate his personal highlights, however, as he was already focused on the winner-take-all Game 5 on Wednesday. "There are no emotions," he said after the game. "We have to focus on the next game. We can't do anything by beating ourselves up right now. We have to focus on the next game and try to win it."
Marlins pitcher Chris Narveson outrighted to Triple-A on Monday
Chris Narveson was outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans on Monday, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
The move was procedural in order to open a spot on the 40-man roster. Narveson's debut with the Miami Marlins was pushed back to August after suffering a left elbow sprain in spring training, but in 15 appearances, he managed a 4.45 ERA, 1.088 WHIP, and 32:9 K:BB in 30.1 innings.
Marlins INF Donovan Solano outrighted to Triple-A on Monday
Marlins infielder Donovan Donovan Solano was outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans on Monday, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
The move was procedural in order to open up a spot on the 40-man roster. No matter, Solano spent time between New Orleans and the Miami Marlins in 2015, garnering just 90 at-bats in 55 games with the big club.
Blue Jays SP Marcus Stroman named starter for ALDS Game 5
Marcus Stroman was named the starter for Game 5 of the ALDS on Wednesday against the Rangers, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.
Stroman got the nod in Game 2 and offered a modest outing, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out five in seven innings. With the series knotted up, the Toronto Blue Jays will require a better performance in the do-or-setting, though his two home starts in the regular season (one run allowed in 14 innings) indicate that he's up to the task.
Cubs SS Addison Russell leaves Monday's game with tight hamstring
Cubs shortstop Addison Addison Russell was removed from Monday's Game 3 of the NLDS against the Cardinals due to a tight left hamstring, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Russell suffered the injury during a slide into third base to complete a triple in the bottom of the fourth inning. While the severity of the injury isn't known, Javier Baez entered the contest to cover for the Chicago Cubs ' regular shortstop.
Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw: Named Game 4 starter
Clayton Kershaw will start Game 4 for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Kershaw being named the starter shouldn't come as a surprise, as the Dodgers will give the ball to their ace in what will be an elimination game one way or another. He'll oppose a youngster in the Mets' 24-year-old Steven Matz.
Dodgers INF Chase Utley is eligible to play Monday vs. Mets
Chase Utley will appeal his suspension and be eligible to play in Monday's Game 3 of the NLDS against the Mets.
Utley was initially suspended two games as a result of an illegal slide in Saturday's contest, but the appeal likely will not be heard either Monday or Tuesday, making him active for both Game 3 and 4. He is not in the starting lineup Monday, as Howie Kendrick will get the nod at the keystone and lead off.
Dodgers INF Corey Seager not in the lineup Monday
Corey Seager is not in the lineup for Monday's Game 3 of the NLDS against the Mets.
Seager started each of the first two games of the series, but went 1-for-8 with four strikeouts. Jimmy Rollins will take over at shortstop and bat second against Matt Harvey.