Blue Jays add RP Ryan Tepera to ALDS roster
The Toronto Blue Jays added Ryan Tepera to their ALDS roster Saturday, Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith reports.
Tepera will take the roster spot of Brett Cecil, who will miss the remainder of the postseason with a calf injury. Expect Tepera to serve as a middle relief option for the Blue Jays.
Cubs OF Austin Jackson will start Saturday vs. Cardinals
Austin Jackson is in the lineup for Game 2 of the Chicago Cubs ' NLDS matchup with the Cardinals.
Jackson will get the start Saturday with the Cubs employing a lineup heavy on right-handed hitters against Cardinals southpaw Jaime Garcia. Jackson will man left field and hit sixth Saturday afternoon.
Cubs OF Chris Coghlan not in Saturday's lineup
Chris Coghlan is not in the lineup for Game 2 of the Chicago Cubs ' NLDS matchup with the Cardinals.
Coghlan got the nod in Friday's contest, but he will be replaced by Austin Jackson on Saturday as the Cubs go with a righty-heavy lineup against Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia.
Cubs RF Jorge Soler is in the lineup for Saturday's game
Right fielder Jorge Soler is in the lineup for Game 2 of the Chicago Cubs ' NLDS matchup with the St. Louis Cardinals .
Solar did not start Friday's series opener, but he will join the lineup Saturday with the Cubs facing left-hander Jaime Garcia . He will hit second in the Cubs' batting order.
Cardinals' Brandon Moss starting at first base on Saturday
Brandon Moss is in the lineup for Game 2 of the NLDS against the Cubs on Saturday, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.
Moss was held out of Friday's Game 1 with the St. Louis Cardinals facing left-hander Jon Lester, but he will get the start at first base Saturday afternoon against righty Kyle Hendricks. Moss will hit sixth in the Cardinals' batting order.
Cardinals OF Randal Grichuk not in Saturday's lineup
Outfielder Randal Grichuk is not in the St. Louis Cardinals ' lineup for Game 2 of the NLDS against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday, according to MLB.com's Carrie Muskat.
Grichuk will be replaced in right field by Stephen Piscotty , and in the batting order by Brandon Moss , as manager Mike Matheny adds a left-hander to the lineup with the Cardinals taking on right-hander Kyle Hendricks .
Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre day-to-day with back injury
Adrian Beltre (back) has been excused from Saturday's workout and will be re-evaluated Sunday, the Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
He is day-to-day in advance of Game 3 of the ALDS. With the Texas Rangers up 2-0, they could afford to hold him out Sunday if he is still quite limited.
Cubs' Kyle Schwarber is not in the lineup for Game 2 of NLDS
Kyle Schwarber is not in the lineup for Saturday's game, the Daily Herald's Bruce Miles reports.
The Chicago Cubs are going with a righty-heavy lineup with St. Louis sending lefty Jaime Garcia to the mound for Game 2 of the NLDS. Schwarber will almost certainly be used at some point as a pinch-hitter off the bench. Jorge Soler and Austin Jackson will start in the outfield corners.
Rangers' Cole Hamels: Turns in quality start Friday
Cole Hamels was charged with four runs (two earned) on six hits over seven innings against the Blue Jays on Friday in Game 2 of the ALDS. He struck out six and did not issue a walk.
Both Hamels and Toronto starter Marcus Stroman turned in strong performances, but the bullpens ended up deciding the game, with the Texas Rangers getting two runs off LaTroy Hawkins in the 14th inning. The Rangers are in great position, now up 2-0 and heading to Texas, and Hamels likely won't pitch until the Championship Series unless the Blue Jays win two in a row.
Blue Jays' Marcus Stroman has respectable showing in Game 2 of ALDS
Marcus Stroman was charged with four runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks over seven innings against the Rangers on Friday in Game 2 of the ALDS. He struck out five, and did not factor in the decision in the Toronto Blue Jays ' 6-4 loss.
While Stroman was able to go toe-to-toe with Rangers ace Cole Hamels for most of the contest, he put the game-tying run on in the eighth, and Texas ultimately went ahead against LaTroy Hawkins in the 14th. Toronto now finds itself in a surprising 0-2 hole as the series heads to Arlington, but Stroman figures to start Game 5 if the Blue Jays can win the next two games.