Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

MLB Notes: Cubs, Giants Set Rosters before Game 1 Friday

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

MLB Notes: Cubs, Giants Set Rosters before Game 1 Friday

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Giants, Cubs set rosters before Game 1 on Friday

The San Francisco Giants put Eduardo Nunez on their roster for the NL Division Series against the Chicago Cubs after the third baseman had been sidelined with a strained right hamstring.

Nunez, an AL All-Star this season with Minnesota, hasn't played since Sept. 25. Conor Gillaspie replaced him for the wild-card game Wednesday night and hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning of San Francisco's 3-0 win against the New York Mets.

Righthander Jason Hammel was left off the Cubs' roster after he had a career-best 15 wins this year. Hammel didn't make the postseason rotation and was hampered by right elbow tightness at the end of the year.

The Cubs went with 11 pitchers and 14 position players. Rookie outfielder Albert Almora Jr. made the cut while veteran Matt Szczur was left off the list despite a team-high 12 pinch hits.

Almora, a first-round pick in the 2012 draft, made his major league debut in June and batted .277 in 47 games with the Cubs.

"When you're going to add a guy that's that inexperienced, that young, you really want to validate the character component of the personality," Chicago manager Joe Maddon said before Game 1 on Friday night. "We feel really strongly about him. So I have no problem with him playing in any of these games."

The Giants had 12 pitchers and 13 position players. Rookie lefthander Ty Blach, who went 1-0 with a 1.06 ERA in four games late in the season, was active for the NLDS after he was left off the wild-card roster.

Roark to start for Nats * Tanner Roark will start Game 2 of the NL Division Series on Saturday for the Washington Nationals against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The team announced its 25-man NLDS roster, which includes just seven relievers and extra position players. Lefthander Gio Gonzalez will start Game 3 at Dodger Stadium on Monday.

With Max Scherzer getting the ball for Game 1 on Friday against the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw and Joe Ross considered the most likely Game 4 starter, Washington went with seven relievers four righties and three lefties. Reynaldo Lopez is the only long man out of the bullpen, while Sammy Solis, Oliver Perez and Marc Rzepczynski are the lefties with Sean Burnett the odd man out. …

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