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Tigers signed OF Torii Hunter to a two-year, $26 million contract.

The deal was reported Wednesday and has now become official. It's quite a bit to pay a guy that will turn 38 at midseason next year, but Hunter stays in great shape and is coming off a season where he batted .313/.365/.451 with 16 home runs, 92 RBI and nine stolen bases. He'll be the everyday right fielder for the Tigers in 2013 and should stay reasonably productive.
Fri, Nov 16, 2012 02:09:00 PM

Chad Jennings of the Boston Herald reports that former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus interviewed for the Red Sox' manager job on Monday.

Ausmus, of course, is familiar with Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, having worked under him in Detroit. The former major league catcher went 314-332 in four years as the Tigers' skipper. Astros bench coach Alex Cora is viewed as the favorite to land the Red Sox' job at this point.
Oct 16 - 5:38 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that Mets hitting coach Kevin Long is "regarded as the favorite" at this juncture for the team's managerial opening.

It's not a surprise since he's the only one who has interviewed so far. The process figures to be fluid, with Astros bench coach Alex Cora, White Sox bench coach Joe McEwing and former Nationals and Indians skipper Manny Acta all interviewing for the job this week. Long has been a hitting coach in the majors since 2007 with the Yankees and then the Mets and had some minor league managerial experience prior to that.
Oct 16 - 5:08 PM

Luis Severino was not sent for further testing and is in line to start a potential Game 6 of the ALCS.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi mentioned that he had some concern about Severino's right shoulder when he abruptly lifted the pitcher from his Game 2 start after just four innings. The pitcher was also hit on the left wrist by a comebacker in the game. However, Severino said after the contest that he was fine and it appears there's nothing to worry about injury-wise here.
Oct 16 - 4:44 PM

Cameron Maybin is starting in left field and batting ninth for the Astros in Monday's ALCS Game 3 versus the Yankees.

It will be the first start this postseason for Maybin, who will push Marwin Gonzalez to first base and Yulieski Gurriel to the designated hitter spot. Evan Gattis is getting a start at catcher, while Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran are on the bench against left CC Sabathia. The Astros' full lineup looks like this: George Springer CF, Alex Bregman 3B, Jose Altuve 2B, Carlos Correa SS, Gurriel DH, Gattis C, Gonzalez 1B, Josh Reddick RF, Maybin LF.
Oct 16 - 4:38 PM

Chase Headley will serve as the designated hitter for Game 3 of the ALCS against the Astros on Monday.

Headley went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Game 2, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi isn't making any changes with his lineup. The DH spot has been problematic for New York this postseason, but it would be less of a concern if their big bats were hitting. The full lineup for the Yankees against Charlie Morton: Brett Gardner LF, Aaron Judge RF, Didi Gregorius SS, Gary Sanchez C, Greg Bird 1B, Starlin Castro 2B, Aaron Hicks CF, Todd Frazier 3B, Headley DH. CC Sabathia will try to come up big with the Yankees down 0-2 in the series.
Oct 16 - 3:51 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Monday that Corey Seager (back) won't travel with the team to Chicago.

Seager was left off the Dodgers' roster for the NLCS, but Roberts said he's feeling "continuing improvement" in his back. The star shortstop hasn't done any real baseball activities since receiving the epidural in his back, but he still has a chance to be active if the Dodgers advance to the World Series.
Oct 16 - 3:18 PM

Justin Turner played the role of hero on Sunday night, clubbing a walk-off three-run homer in the ninth inning, powering the Dodgers to a 4-1 victory over the Cubs and a commanding 2-0 lead in the NLCS.

Turner first got the Dodgers on the board in the fifth inning, with a two-out RBI single that plated Charlie Culberson to tie the game at 1-1. He then strode to the place with two men on and one out in the ninth inning, taking on veteran right-hander John Lackey with a chance to be a hero. After taking the first pitch for a ball, Turner crushed a missile to center field that carried the wall for the game-winning blast. He's been on fire this postseason, slashing .429/.500/.714 with a pair of homers and 10 RBI.
Oct 15 - 11:18 PM

The Dodgers will stick with Charlie Culberson as the shortstop for Game 2 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Sunday.

The 28-year-old is a defense-first shortstop and offers virtually nothing at the plate. Here's how the full lineup shakes out against Jon Lester and the Cubs: Chris Taylor CF, Justin Turner 3B, Cody Bellinger 1B, Kike Hernandez LF, Logan Forsythe 2B, Austin Barnes C, Yasiel Puig RF, Culberson SS, Rich Hill SP.
Oct 15 - 4:50 PM

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reports that Astros bench coach Alex Cora is the Red Sox' "top candidate" for their managerial vacancy.

Cora interviewed with Boston on Sunday with the Astros having an off day in between Game 2 and 3 of the ALCS. It appears that he's the favorite to replace John Farrell, although it likely won't be made official as long as Houston is playing. Cora's only managerial experience has been in winter ball in his native Puerto Rico. The Red Sox are also expected to interview former Twins skipper Ron Gardenhire.
Oct 15 - 4:03 PM

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox have requested permission to interview Diamondbacks bench coach Ron Gardenhire for their managerial opening.

They're also slated to interview Astros bench coach Alex Cora on Sunday, which had been previously reported. Gardenhire, of course, was the Twins' manager from 2002-14, posting a career 1068-1039 record with six division titles.
Oct 15 - 12:46 PM

John Perrotto of FanRag Sports writes that former Marlins and Braves skipper Fredi Gonzalez "is considered the favorite" to become the Tigers' next manager.

Perrotto notes that Gonzalez has ties to general manager Al Avila dating back to 1992, which certainly would appear to be a point in his favor. He's also got plenty of managerial experience with 10 years in the dugout under his belt. Perrotto does also note that "there is sentiment in the organization" for Dodgers farm director Gabe Kapler. Kapler has been in the Dodgers' front office for three seasons and was a manager in the minors for one year back in 2007.
Oct 15 - 12:19 PM




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