8:35 PM EDT, Wed October 22, 2014
McCovey Chronicles 54 mins ago

Open GameThread, World Series Game 2

Today's Lineups SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS KANSAS CITY ROYALS Gregor Blanco - CF Alcides Escobar - SS Joe Panik - 2B Norichika Aoki - RF Buster Posey - C Lorenzo Cain - CF Pablo Sandoval - 3B Eric Hosmer - 1B Hunter Pence - RF Billy Butler - DH Brandon Belt - 1B Alex Gordon - LF Mike Morse - DH Salvador Perez - C Travis Ishikawa - LF Omar Infante - 2B Brandon Crawford - SS Mike Moustakas - 3B Jake Peavy - RHP Yordano Ventura - RHP
Topeka Capital-Journal 2 hours ago

Ventura to become first Royals rookie to start in World Series at any position

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Win or lose, Jake Peavy is a treat to watch when he pitches. He scowls, he shouts, he grimaces, he grins. Never hard to tell how things are going for him. And depending how he does for the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night against Kansas...
Topeka Capital-Journal 2 hours ago

'85 World Series Royals relishing playoff run

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bret Saberhagen was just 21 years old when the Kansas City Royals were last in the World Series. He pitched a Game 7 shutout to beat the St. Louis Cardinals. It took 29 years for him to stand on the mound at another World Series. On Tuesday night, Saberhagen took part in a ceremony...
Mid-day notes and links: Long, Hillman, draft class

Mid-day notes and links: Long, Hillman, draft class

A few mid-day notes and links: • The Mets are reportedly set to interview Kevin Long today. If Long were to move across town to become the hitting coach at Citi Field, it would setup an interesting reunion for Curtis Granderson, who had success with a mechanical change under Long’s guidance years ago. • Good […] The post Mid-day notes and links: Long, Hillman, draft class appeared first on The LoHud Yankees Blog.
Twinsights: Twins decline contract option on Jared Burton

Twinsights: Twins decline contract option on Jared Burton

As expected the Twins have declined their 2015 option on veteran reliever Jared Burton, making him a free agent. Instead of paying Burton $3.6 million next season, they paid a $200,000 buyout on a contract option that was part of the two-year, $5.45 million extension he signed in 2012. Burton, 33, made 203 combined appearances for the Twins over the past three seasons, pitching to a 3.47 earned run average. He converted 10 saves, compiled 192 innings and went 8-16 with 7.6 strikeouts per nine innings. After serving as the Twins' primary setup man for the latter part of 2012 […] The post...
Over the Monster 6 hours ago
Is James Shields still worth $100 million to the Red Sox after his playoff implosion?

Is James Shields still worth $100 million to the Red Sox after his playoff implosion?

James Shields was a mess in Game 1 of the World Series, and his postseason track record is not strong. Should the Red Sox care? James Shields has been one of baseball's best pitchers since 2011, when his career went from good to great following some adjustments to ensure that 2010 never happened again. He'll be a free agent for the first time this winter, and is set to sign a deal that will likely fall in the $100 million range as the third of three aces on the market. It might even end up being with the Red Sox, who need to plug some massive holes in their rotation and are already...

Spend Hal's Money: Hanley Ramirez

The Yankees went into last winter with a publicly stated goal of keeping their payroll below $189 million. They came out of it having committed more than $400 million for four new players. This winter, there are no such payroll limitations, at least to our knowledge, but there is still plenty of need. As since there is nothing more fun than playing with another guy's cash, we at ESPN New York will once again aid the Yankees' decision-makers with a little game we like to call, "Spend Hal's Money.
Los Angeles Times 6 hours ago

Ex-Shark Dan Boyle puts Bay Area home up for rent

Former San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle, now with the New York Rangers, has put his home in Monte Sereno up for rent at $15,000 a month. Alternatively, the property now lists for sale at $5.498 million.
Rob Rogacki / Bless You Boys 11 hours ago

Jon Lester would be a substantial, expensive upgrade to the Tigers' rotation

The Tigers will probably lose Max Scherzer this offseason, so why not go for the next best thing? The Tigers traded for one of the best left-handed pitchers in the American League already in 2014, acquiring David Price at the non-waiver trade deadline. Hours before that deal was finalized, the Oakland Athletics struck a deal for another excellent lefty, Jon Lester. With Max Scherzer likely to depart this offseason, could the Tigers bring in Lester to maintain their ace-heavy...
Oakland Tribune 11 hours ago

New investor named for Oakland's Coliseum City

Floyd Kephart, who heads a firm that advises major investment funds, is leading a new investment team that is seeking to build a new stadium for the Raiders in Oakland.

More American League Rumors & News

Topeka Capital-Journal 20 mins ago

Royals honor Hayden graduate, beep baseball trailblazer at World Series

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When the Royals called John Parker on Sunday, he didn’t answer. The second time the unfamiliar number rang, the Topekan reluctantly picked up. The person on the other line told him who she represented, and Parker’s mind went to his work. He is a massage therapist and was certain the club wanted to discuss an advertising partnership. “What can I do for you?” Parker asked. “No, it’s about what I can do for you,” the Royals representative replied. “You’ve been nominated for the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat.” read more

Clintonville native fulfills big league dream in Royals style

Clintonville, Wis. native son Mike Jirschele, the Kansas City Royals’ third base coach, has relished his first year in the big leagues. And the story of how he made it to the World Series is as compelling as how the team itself got there.
Tacoma News-Tribune 36 mins ago

Mariners notebook: Hernandez picked as top AL pitcher by league execs

Club’s ace is only Mariner on AL all-star team, as chosen by the general managers and assistant general managers…

Twinsights: Kris Johnson's rights sold to Japanese team

You can close the book on the August 2013 deal that sent Justin Morneau to the Pittsburgh Pirates. According to a source, the Twins sold the rights to left-hander Kris Johnson to the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of the Japanese Central League. Johnson, who turned 30 last Tuesday, went 0-1 with a 4.73 earned run average in three starts for the Twins this season. The Twins will receive a sum in the "mid six figures" for Johnson's rights, the source said. Johnson came over from the Pirates last offseason  in a one-for-one deal for reliever Duke Welker, who later underwent Tommy […] The post...
St. Paul Pioneer Press 1 hour ago

Tom Powers: After 25 years, World Series earthquake still felt

Twenty-five years later, what I remember most is finally getting a phone call through to my wife back in Minnesota and hearing the relief in her voice.
Forging a coaching staff continues for Rangers’ Banister

Forging a coaching staff continues for Rangers’ Banister

The new managers schedule included meetings with Steve Buechele and Dave Magadan.

Angelos: "It's been a long time coming and thankfully I believe it's here" - School of Roch

Now that the Orioles have strung together three consecutive winning seasons and won their first division title in 17 years, they're determined to bring the city it's first championship since 1983. Owner Peter Angelos likes the direction that the club is headed and believes that it can reach its goal....

American League Player News

  • 4 James Shields

    James Shields

    Is Shields Taking Himself Out Of Sox Picture?

  • 3 Jared Burton

    Jared Burton

    Twins decline $3.6 million option on Jared Burton; bullpen overhaul next?

  • 2 Derek Jeter

    Derek Jeter

    Ex-Yankee executive talks about replacing Derek Jeter

  • 1 Yu Darvish

    Yu Darvish

    Position Breakdown: Starting pitching

  • 1 Rubby De La Rosa

    Rubby De La Rosa

    Stock Watch: Rubby De La Rosa and two-pitch mix could bolster Boston Red Sox's bullpen

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