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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked if Saturday's lineup against the Reds could be his Game 1 lineup including starter Jon Lester, Maddon responded: "There's a shot."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The plan for the Cubs this coming week is to take Monday off then have a simulated game on Tuesday which John Lackey and some relievers will pitch in. Wednesday will consist of "working on things" as Joe Maddon put it, most likely defensive scenarios and the like.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon accidentally came up with a new nickname for his set up men when he misspoke the names of Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon: Strondon.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers opponents are batting .232, the lowest against the club in 40 years. Going back to 1920, there are only four seasons when opponents have batted lower against the Dodgers than they are this year.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Boston weather not cooperating with Big Papi's regular season farewell.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees C Gary Sanchez -- in a 1-for-26 slump -- is getting a day of rest Saturday given a day game after a night game, manager Joe Girardi said.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees manager Joe Girardi mentioned competition -- young players pushing older players for spots -- in a chat with his team Friday.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Hammel (elbow) just threw in the bullpen and said it went well. He's not scheduled to pitch this weekend but thinks he'll be ok if needed in the playoffs.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees manager Joe Girardi says Aaron Judge's strikeouts are a concern, and he hopes going into the offseason that the young outfielder, who is currently recovering from injury, will make more contact. According to Girardi, Judge struck out 42 times in 84 plate appearances.

Miami honors Jose Fernandez with decal

The Miami Hurricanes will honor Jose Fernandez with a helmet decal in memory of the Marlins ace.

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

In a shot heard all the way on the West Coast, especially San Francisco, Jung Ho Kang connected for a three-run home run off Michael Wacha in the first inning. That generated immediate action in the Cardinals' bullpen, with Matt Bowman warming up.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees' lineup Saturday vs. Orioles

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

With Michael Wacha making his first start since Aug. 8 and their playoff hopes in the balance, the Cardinals will treat today's game like an elimination game. Don't be surprised if Mike Matheny goes to a reliever in the first inning if Wacha isn't pitching well. Carlos Martinez's strong seven innings was crucial to allow the Cardinals key relievers to rest Friday night. Matheny said the bullpen was in "worse shape than people know," but said everyone is available today.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Slumping rookie sensation Gary Sanchez is not in the Yankees' lineup Saturday vs. the Orioles. Starlin Castro is batting third.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Seems to be more Cubs gear for sale than Reds stuff outside of Great American Ballpark.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

The New York Yankees have clinched a fourth-place finish, their lowest position in the AL East since 1992. However, their 83 wins are tied for the fourth-most by a fourth-place team since MLB expanded to six divisions for the 1994 season.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Matz's surgery to remove bone spurs in his pitching elbow will he performed Tuesday in New York. Matz confirmed that he needs no surgery for his shoulder impingement, although he will receive a platelet-rich plasma injection in the area during his elbow procedure.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins insists the Mets are focused in the moment and have not even discussed a postseason roster. Still, Collins did allow that Eric Campbell and Ty Kelly would be strong considerations to start at first base against a left-hander such as Madison Bumgarner over lefty-hitting Lucas Duda or James Loney.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Lucas Duda asked not to play on Saturday. Duda is having difficulty playing back-to-back days as he returns from a four-month absence without rehab games. It is nothing specific to Duda's lower back, Terry Collins said. Instead, Duda simply is experiencing general soreness from ramping up in activity.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins said he expects Bartolo Colon will bounce back on Saturday against the Phillies after he allowed seven runs in 2 1/3 innings in Miami in an emotional game in his last start. "Monday night was a difficult scene for anyone at that game," Collins said, alluding to the Marlins' first game after Jose Fernandez's death. "We're going to write that one off."

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Here is my opinion on who should win the main awards: AL MVP Mike Trout NL MVP Kris Bryant AL CY Zach Britton NL CY Max Scherzer AL ROY Michael Fulmer NL ROY Corey Seager AL MGR Terry Francona NL MGR Dave Roberts AL EOY Jon Daniels NL EOY Theo Epstein AL Rebuilding EOY Brian Cashman NL Rebuilding EOY John Coppolella