Justin Verlander
Astros' Justin Verlander: Gets Game 2 start in World Series
Justin Verlander, SP, HOU
10/22/2017
News: Verlander will start Wednesday in Game 2 of the Astros' World Series matchup with the Dodgers, Matt Kelly of MLB.com reports.

Fresh off being named the American League Championship Series MVP following the Astros' seven-game triumph over the Yankees, Verlander will have a short turnaround to try and keep a powerful Dodgers offense at bay. During the ALCS, Verlander followed up a complete-game, 13-strikeout effort in Game 2 with seven shutout innings in a Game 6 victory.

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Dallas Keuchel
Astros' Dallas Keuchel: Set to start Game 1 of World Series
Dallas Keuchel, SP, HOU
10/22/2017
News: Keuchel will start in Game 1 of the Astros' World Series matchup with the Dodgers on Tuesday, Matt Kelly of MLB.com reports.

The 2015 American League Cy Young Award winner has been stellar throughout the playoffs and owns a 2.59 ERA over his five career postseason starts, so it was a no-brainer for Astros manager A.J. Hinch to turn to their ace for Game 1. Keuchel will oppose Clayton Kershaw in the contest, with Justin Verlander following the lefty in the rotation start Game 2.

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Carlos Beltran
Astros' Carlos Beltran: On bench for Game 7
Carlos Beltran, DH, HOU
10/21/2017
News: Beltran is not in the lineup for Game 7 of the ALCS against the Yankees on Saturday.

Beltran is just 3-for-17 (.176) so far in the postseason, so he'll open Saturday's decisive Game 7 on the bench as the Astros look to advance to their first World Series since 2005. In his place, Evan Gattis will serve as the designated hitter, batting sixth.

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CC Sabathia
Yankees' CC Sabathia: Receives Game 7 start
CC Sabathia, SP, NYY
10/21/2017
News: Sabathia will toe the rubber for Game 7 against the Astros on Saturday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

Sabathia was terrific for the Yankees in his Game 3 start, pitching six scoreless innings while striking out five and allowing just three hits and four walks. He will once again oppose Charlie Morton in the series-deciding contest, but this time he will be the one pitching in a hostile environment at Minute Maid Park.

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Charlie Morton
Astros' Charlie Morton: Game 7 starter
Charlie Morton, SP, HOU
10/21/2017
News: Morton will take the mound for Game 7 of the ALCS against the Yankees on Saturday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

Morton was knocked around by the Yankees in Game 3 of the series, but manager A.J. Hinch believes it was a bout with bad luck and that the 33-year-old can pull through on regular rest. He will once again oppose CC Sabathia -- who bested him in Game 3 -- in the series-deciding Game 7 tilt.

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Jake Petricka
White Sox's Jake Petricka: Undergoes surgery Friday
Jake Petricka, RP, CHW
10/20/2017
News: Petricka underwent a nerve transposition and debridement of his right elbow Friday, Dan Hayes of NBC Sports Chicago reports.

Petricka will be able to start throwing in about 3-to-4 months, which places him on an initial timeline for a spring training return. Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery, which moved the pitcher's nerve to a position that would not pinch or irritate his elbow. Petricka was put on the DL in early September with a right elbow strain, after posting a 7.01 ERA in 25.2 relief innings this season.

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Luis Severino
Yankees' Luis Severino: Takes hill Friday
Luis Severino, SP, NYY
10/20/2017
News: Severino (arm) is the starter for Game 6 of the ALCS against the Astros on Friday.

Severino took a comebacker off the wrist during Saturday's Game 2 start and was removed after four innings, but should be near full health going into Friday's affair after partaking in some throwing earlier this week. The 23-year-old allowed one earned run off two hits and two walks during that Game 2 outing, and faces off against Justin Verlander once again with a trip to the World Series on the horizon for New York.

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Anibal Sanchez
Tigers' Anibal Sanchez: Tigers will decline option
Anibal Sanchez, SP, DET
10/20/2017
News: Sanchez's $16 million option for 2018 will not be picked up by the team this winter, Anthony Fenech of Free Press Sports reports.

Sanchez posted a career-worst 6.41 ERA to go along with a 1.59 WHIP over the course of 105.1 innings this season. Most of his time on the mound came as a starter, but he did spend time in the bullpen, appearing in 11 games as a reliever as opposed to 17 in the Tigers' rotation. It remains to be seen whether Sanchez will return to the team in 2018 on a new deal, or look elsewhere this offseason.

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Michael Brantley
Indians' Michael Brantley: Undergoes ankle surgery
Michael Brantley, LF, CLE
10/19/2017
News: Brantley will miss the next 4-to-5 months after undergoing right ankle surgery Wednesday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

Although Brantley appeared on the ALDS roster against the Yankees -- and recorded a decent amount of at-bats -- the outfield needed surgery to stabilize the ligaments in his ankle ahead of next season. This places him on a timetable to optimistically return to full baseball activities right around the start of spring training. Another hurdle in play in his club option for next season, with Cleveland needing to decide whether to pick up his $12 million for 2018, or buy him out for $1 million, which will have to be decided three days after the World Series concludes.

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Glen Perkins
Glen Perkins: Poised to become free agent
Glen Perkins, RP, MIN
10/18/2017
News: The Twins informed Perkins on Wednesday that the team won't exercise its option for Perkins' contract for the 2018 season, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

Perkins has dealt with a severe shoulder injury over the last two seasons. As a result, he's pitched just 7.2 innings across 10 games in that time. Over said stretch he's allowed eight runs on 13 hits and six walks. With the twins opting to not pick up his option, Perkins, who'd thrown for an ERA of 3.65 or below in each of the five seasons prior to his injury, will become a free agent. However, because Perkins is 34 years old and coming off a significant injury, his fantasy value is rather limited.

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