11:47 AM EDT, Fri October 31, 2014
Twinkie Town 2 hours ago

Twins managerial hunt update: Joe Maddon, Paul Molitor, Doug Mientkiewicz, Torey Lovullo

Unless the Twins announce something today, we're unlikely to have anything until next week. After getting news that the Twins had not reached out to Joe Maddon following his departure from the Rays, news comes down from LEN III that yes, indeed, Maddon and Terry Ryan did touch base. From Neal's report: The Twins, indeed, reached out to the Maddon camp after he became a free agent Friday, according to two sources with knowledge of the Twins’ search. It’s not clear how serious the Twins’ interest was, but the sides did talk. It sounds likely that Maddon's destination may have always...
Rotoworld 1 hour ago

Rays expected to pick up Ben Zobrist's option - Ben Zobrist (2B) Tampa Bay Rays

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays are expected to pick up Ben Zobrist's $7.5 million option for 2015.

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The Ledger Oct 30, 2014

former rays manager headed to midwest: Report - Cubs to Hire Maddon

Rumors that surfaced immediately after Joe Maddon left the Rays that he was headed to the Cubs apparently have become reality, as CBS Sports was the first to report Wednesday that a deal was in place. When Maddon opted out of his deal with the Rays, he said he did not have a job lined up and didn't know if he would get one. But agent Alan Nero immediately talked to a number of teams, including the Cubs, who had a manager, Rick Renteria, under contract through 2016. However, Nero told the Times that there was not a done deal and he was still having discussions with several teams. Nero said...
Tampa Bay Times Oct 29, 2014

Giants beat Royals, win World Series

San Francisco wins its third crown in five years.
Tampa Bay Times Oct 29, 2014

Bud Selig's imprint clear in his final World Series

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For his final game as commissioner, Bud Selig was able to see the low-budget Royals compete with the high-spending Giants for the World Series title.
Tampa Bay Times Oct 29, 2014

Report: Cubs to hire ex-Rays manager Joe Maddon

The agent of ex-Ray says no deal is done.
Tampa Bay Times Oct 28, 2014

Royals rout Giants to force Game 7 in World Series

The Royals pound the Giants to force a deciding Game 7.
The Ledger Oct 28, 2014

Southeastern Men Ranked No. 9 in Preseason Poll

Last year's run to the NAIA Division II National Championship semifinals is paying off for the Fire already. Southeastern was ranked No. 9 in the NAIA Division II men's basketball coaches' preseason top 25 poll that was released on Tuesday. It is the highest preseason ranking in school history. The Fire finished last year with a 27-7 record and were ranked as high as No. 3 after reaching the semifinals. [ Reach Ray Beasock at ray.beasock@theledger.com or 863-802-7537. Follow him on Twitter: @ItsBEASOCK or @Ledger_ Colleges ]
Tampa Bay Times Oct 28, 2014

World Series clubs pay tribute to late Oscar Taveras

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A moment of silence for Oscar Taveras was observed before Tuesday's Game 6 of the World Series between the Giants and Royals at Kauffman Stadium.
Tampa Bay Times Oct 27, 2014

Royals turn to rookie Ventura to save season

K.C. has complete confidence in hard-throwing Yordano Ventura.
Tampa Bay Times Oct 27, 2014

Rays deny any interest in moving to Montreal

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays are about to start the search for a new manager but say they are not actively looking for a new home.
Tampa Bay Times Oct 26, 2014

Bumgarner, Giants beat Royals for 3-2 World Series lead

SAN FRANCISCO — Madison Bumgarner had the best start of his stellar postseason career, pitching a four-hit shutout to lead the Giants to a 5-0 victory over the Royals on Sunday and a 3-2 World Series lead.
Tampa Bay Times Oct 26, 2014

Cardinals rookie Oscar Taveras killed in car crash

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Cardinals rookie OF Oscar Taveras, widely regarded as a rising star, died Sunday in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic.
Tampa Bay Times Oct 26, 2014

Rays plan to retain entire coaching staff

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays will have a new manager in the dugout but expect to keep their coaching staff intact.
Tampa Bay Times Oct 26, 2014

Giants rally to rout Royals, even World Series

Pablo Sandoval, Hunter Pence lead a San Francisco outburst.
Tampa Bay Times Oct 25, 2014

Cubs an obvious landing spot for ex-Rays manager Joe Maddon

Until they actually got down to negotiating, Rays officials and Joe Maddon thought they were headed to a new deal that would have kept him in their dugout for at least three and up to 10 additional years.

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