11:08 AM EDT, Thu October 23, 2014
San Jose Mercury News 11 hours ago

Royals beat Giants, even World Series at 1-1

The Kansas City Royals rocked Hunter Strickland the San Francisco Giants bullpen in a five-run sixth inning and won Game 2 of the World Series 7-2.
Topeka Capital-Journal 11 hours ago

Breaking even: Royals top Giants in Game 2 of World Series

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — By the looks of it, the Kansas City Royals might be streaking again. After suffering their first loss of the postseason in the World Series opener to San Francisco on Tuesday, the Royals bounced back and defeated the Giants, 7-2, in Game 2 on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium and...
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 38 mins ago

Why is Terry Ryan's manager search taking so long?

Ryan is making his choice against a backdrop of skepticism that the Twins have earned by bungling more things than they have gotten right recently.
Over the Monster 21 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...
Twinkie Town 35 mins ago
Au revoir, Jared Burton

Au revoir, Jared Burton

Happy trails, Jared. It may have been something of a foregone conclusion, but last night the Twins announced that they would be declining Jared Burton's $3.6 million option for 2015. Instead they have bought the option out for $200,000, and Burton will head to free agency. Burton was one of the non-invitee favorites back in the spring of 2012, and he stepped up to become Glen Perkins' top set-up man that season by giving Minnesota 62 innings of 2.18 ERA baseball. He retired 22.5% of batters on strikes while holding them to a decent 7.8% walk rate. He allowed less than a base runner per...
Halos Heaven 1 hour ago

Thursday Halolinks: Angels no longer have Sass

Halos Heaven fan-favorite catcher John Hester has gone to Philadelphia. Okay, that's two games down, a minimum of three more to be played. Links.  Links for everyone!  Halolinks: OH NO!  The Sassmaster is gone!  Phillies To Sign John Hester – MLB Trade Rumors, "The Phillies and catcher John Hester have agreed to a minor league deal with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, tweets Chris Cotillo of SB Nation’s Daily Dish. The 31-year-old is a veteran of 93 Major League games over parts of four seasons with the D’Backs and Angels."  Okay, this is kinda good news, at...
Plain Dealer 3 hours ago

Cleveland Indians expected to exercise $3.5 million option on Mike Aviles

The Indians acquired Mike Aviles and Yan Gomes from Toronto in November of 2012 for right-hander Esmil Rogers.
Bless You Boys 4 hours ago

Will the Tigers tender Andy Dirks a contract?

Tigers' outfielder Andy Dirks missed the entire 2014 season due to injuries. Will the team bring him back for 2015, or cut him loose? Andy Dirks is one of the few position players on the Detroit Tigers' roster to be drafted by the team, raised on the farm, and actually contribute significantly in the major leagues over the past several seasons. Following a year that saw him miss the entire 2014 season due to injuries, his future with the club is uncertain. When the Tigers signed Rajai Davis to a two year, $10 million contract for the 2014 and 2015 seasons, they did not envision Davis being...
Add Hansen to the list of A’s batting coach possibilities

Add Hansen to the list of A’s batting coach possibilities

The A’s have been able to add another strong candidate for the club’s open batting coach position. When Chili Davis took off to be the batting coach with the Boston Red Sox, Oakland thought about trying to hire Dave Hansen,… Continue Reading →

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.
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.

Showalter on Duquette hiring: "The timing was right with everybody" - School of Roch

The Orioles aren't feeling the love from opposing managers and executives in the American League. Buck Showalter finished second in Manager of the Year voting in Sporting News and none of the Orioles were chosen as All-Stars. Don't shoot the messenger. The Sporting News staff isn't doing the voting, just...

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Newark Star-Ledger 24 mins ago

N.J. Sports Now: Despite World Series ratings, baseball isn't dying (VIDEO)

Despite the statistics -- including attracting less viewers than NCIS and The Voice -- baseball isn't dying.

Position Breakdown: Relief pitching

Our daily series on breaking down the Texas Rangers position by position continues with a look at relief pitching. Relievers: Alex Claudio, Jon Edwards, Neftali Feliz, Michael Kirkman, Phil Klein, Corey Knebel, Roman Mendez, Alexi Ogando, Spencer Patton, Robbie Ross Jr., Matt West. Most productive: Netfali Feliz. Least productive: Robbie Ross. Stat of note: 26 relief losses matches the team's total for the past six seasons. Outlook: There’s some uncertainty regarding this group.
Newark Star-Ledger 2 hours ago

Yankees' CC Sabathia: I could still dominate

CC Sabathia believes he'll rebound in 2015 after an injury-shortened 2014

Easy winter goal for Yankees: Upgrade infield defense

Gold Glove finalists are being announced later today, which reminds me: Shouldn’t the Yankees be able improve their infield defense this offseason almost without even trying? It wasn’t pretty last year, especially in the first half of the season. Turns out, an aging shortstop, an aging second baseman, and a couple of out-of-position third basemen […] The post Easy winter goal for Yankees: Upgrade infield defense appeared first on The LoHud Yankees Blog.
Newark Star-Ledger 2 hours ago

What CC Sabathia thinks of Yankees' potential target Jon Lester

The Yankees are expected to pursue Jon Lester this offseason

American League Player News

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    Rubby De La Rosa

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    Michael Brantley

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    Kyle Seager

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