Lohse to start Game 7, Holliday questionable


Lohse to start Game 7, Holliday questionable

SAN FRANCISCO -- St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny never announced his Game 7 starter, hoping he'd never need to.

He needs to.

The Giants forced Game 7 with a 6-1 victory Sunday night, and it was Cardinals' Game 3 starter Kyle Lohse who took the podium to field questions on the decisive game scheduled for Monday at 5:07 p.m.

"I usually don't sleep before I start anyways," Lohse said, "so it's not going to change my routine. I've known these guys. Now we've played 'em six games. I've seen enough of them, so I know what I need to do to be successful. I know last time I didn't have my best stuff and I was still able to stay away from the big inning.

"I know what I need to do, it's just a matter of going out there and doing it.

Lohse pitched 5 23 strong innings in St. Louis to earn the win over Matt Cain in Game 3. He scattered seven hits, but was able to strand Giants runners and escape with only one earned run. He walked five and struck out two.

Matt Holliday went 0-for-4 that game, and it's possible the Cards will go without contribution from him again.

Holliday was a late scratch Sunday due to back tightness, and Matheny's postgame words did not instill confidence that he'd be ready to go Monday night.

"We'll see tomorrow," Matheny said. "His back tightened up even a little more as we went through the game, so we'll see when we get here tomorrow. ... Somebody else has to step up.'"

That somebody appears to be Matt Carpenter, who entered Game 3 when Carlos Beltran left with injury and started Sunday after Holliday was scratched. Carpenter went 1-for-3 with a walk hitting in the two-spot in Game 6.

Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster


Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster

LOS ANGELES — Shortstop Corey Seager has been left off the Los Angeles Dodgers' roster for the NL Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.

The Dodgers announced Seager's surprise omission due to a back injury on Saturday, several hours before Game 1 at Dodger Stadium.

Los Angeles also dropped reliever Pedro Baez from its roster. Infielder Charlie Culberson and outfielder Joc Pederson were added.

Chicago made only one change from the last playoff round, adding reliever Hector Rondon and removing reliever Justin Wilson.

Seager complained of back soreness during the Dodgers' NL Division Series clincher in Arizona on Monday, and 2016 NL Rookie of the Year didn't participate in team workouts this week. Still, manager Dave Roberts said Friday that he was very optimistic that Seager would play in the NLCS.

Seager was an All-Star selection this season while batting .295 with 22 homers and 77 RBIs as a key part of the top of the Dodgers' lineup.

Kike Hernandez, Chris Taylor and Culberson all worked out at shortstop Friday for the Dodgers. The versatile Taylor was the Dodgers' center fielder during the NLDS, but he made 96 appearances in the outfield this season and 44 in the infield, including 14 games at shortstop.

Pederson is batting .071 with no homers since July, but the Dodgers could need him in center field if Taylor plays shortstop.

Culberson famously homered to clinch the Dodgers' NL West title in announcer Vin Scully's final home game last season, but the infielder spent most of this season at Triple-A, appearing in only 14 games for the Dodgers.

Rondon was the Cubs' closer in 2014 and 2015, but moved to a setup role last season after Aroldis Chapman's arrival. He appeared in 61 regular-season games this year, going 4-1 with a 4.24 ERA in an up-and-down campaign.

Chicago acquired Wilson in a trade with Detroit on July 31, adding a veteran left-handed reliever who had 13 saves for the Tigers this season. The Southern California native wasn't great in his two months with the Cubs, posting a 5.09 ERA with 19 walks in 23 appearances.

Manager Joe Maddon chose Wilson for the NLDS over Rondon, only to switch it up against the Dodgers.

Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure


Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure

Bruce Bochy's minor offseason heart procedure went as planned, the team announced Friday afternoon. 

In a message passed along to beat reporters, Bochy said "the procedure went extremely well and I'm feeling better. I'm grateful for the doctors and want to thank everyone who has reached out with well wishes."

Bochy, 62, had an ablation procedure to help him deal with heart issues that have plagued him in recent years. The operation was his second of the year, but it was considered minor enough that it could be pushed back to the end of the season.

Cleveland's Terry Francona had a similar procedure this year and returned to manage, and Bochy has left no doubt about his future. 

“I don’t want anyone to think this has an effect on my work, or ability to work,” Bochy said last week. “This is something that is not uncommon.”