Orlando Cabrera out of Reds' NLDS Game 3 lineup

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Reds shortstop Orlando Cabrera was forced from Game 2 of the NLDS after aggravating an oblique muscle on his left side.  Now Paul Janish is drawing the start Sunday in Game 3, according to the Toronto Star’s Richard Griffin.

Cabrera told MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon on Saturday that he didn’t expect to miss any additional time, but the Reds would rather have a healthy Janish than run O-Cabs out there at less than 100 percent. 

Janish, 27, has made one plate appearance this postseason but failed to reach base.  Cabrera, 35, has a single and a strikeout in five at-bats.

The Reds are hoping to avoid elimination this evening in Cincinnati with right-hander Johnny Cueto battling the Phillies’ Cole Hamels.

Padres announce Pat Murphy won’t return as manager in 2016

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Per Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Padres have announced that interim manager Pat Murphy won’t return as the team’s manager in 2016. Haudricourt adds that Brewres manager Craig Counsell tried to get Murphy on his staff, and says to look for Murphy to join the Brewers for the 2016 season.

Murphy led the Padres to a 42-53 record after Bud Black was fired in June. He had previously managed for two years with Single-A Eugene in 2011-12, and at Triple-A Tucson and El Paso in 2013-14.

Former major leaguer Phil Nevin is a candidate for the Padres’ vacant managing position, according to Scott Miller of Bleacher Report.

Royals clinch home field advantage, best record in the American League

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With a 6-1 win over the Twins in Sunday’s season finale, the Royals clinched the best record in the American League, which nets them home field advantage in the ALDS and ALCS. The Royals stand at 95-67 while the Blue Jays, who lost on Sunday, finish at 93-69.

95-67 is the Royals’ best record since finishing 97-65 in 1980, when they lost the World Series to the Phillies. Their division title is their first since 1985.

In the ALDS, which starts on Thursday, the Royals will host the winner of the AL Wild Card game between the Astros and Yankees. They are looking to avenge last year’s World Series loss, in seven games, to the Giants. The Blue Jays will host the Rangers in the other ALDS series.