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Ike Davis showed some signs of life in Friday's win over the Nationals by homering twice and knocking in three runs.

It's about time. Davis launched a solo blast in the bottom of the sixth inning and a two-run shot in the eighth. He entered Friday's action with a .146 batting average and just one extra-base hit (a home run on April 3), so fantasy owners will have to hope that this is a sign that he's busting out of his early-season funk.
Fri, Apr 19, 2013 10:39:00 PM

Rob Bradford of WEEI reports that the Red Sox have reached an agreement with Chili Davis to become the team's new hitting coach.

Davis, who was widely coveted for many openings, interviewed with the Boston brass on Friday. Davis spent the previous three seasons serving as the hitting coach for the Oakland Athletics. Terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed.
Oct 19 - 6:13 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that "word has spread" that the Red Sox could make Yoenis Cespedes available for trade this offseason.

General manager Ben Cherington said last month that the team would like to discuss an extension with Cespedes, but it seems the outfielder might prefer to play out the final year of his contract before testing free agency. Cafardo also notes that Cespedes doesn't really want to play right field "or work on his defense." The Red Sox figure to make at least one trade this winter given their glut of outfielders, and it sounds like Cespedes might be the one to go.
Source: Boston Globe
Oct 19 - 1:00 PM

Madison Bumgarner will start Tuesday's Game 1 of the World Series for the Giants.

Bumgarner finished off the Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLCS Thursday, so he'll be on regular rest for Tuesday's Game 1. The southpaw is 2-1 in four starts this postseason, and he owns a 2.67 ERA in 67 1/3 career postseason innings. He'll be opposed by James Shields for the Royals.
Oct 18 - 5:28 PM

Brian Roberts announced his retirement from professional baseball on Friday.

A first round pick of the Orioles in 1999, the 37-year-old spent all but the final season of his 14-year big league career in Baltimore. The two-time All-Star finishes with a career slash of .276/.347/.409 with 97 homers, 542 RBI and 285 stolen bases. His last few years were marred by injuries, as he averaged just 57 games per season over his final five years.
Oct 17 - 8:53 PM

Dodgers president Andrew Friedman said at his introductory press conference Friday that Don Mattingly will "definitely" be the club's manager in 2015.

Many had speculated that Friedman would try to bring Joe Maddon with him from Tampa Bay, but it won't happen, at least not until after next season. Friedman said Friday that his and Mattingly's thoughts are "very aligned." Mattingly is under contract through 2016.
Oct 17 - 2:21 PM

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said earlier this week that he's been told by doctors that Jose Iglesias (shins) will be "fine" for spring training.

"The doctors tell me he'll be fine," Dombrowski said. "He's going to be ready for spring training, he's going to be ready to go, and he's over all of his (injuries)." Iglesias, of course, missed all of the 2014 season due to stress fractures in both shins, but he's been ramping up his baseball activity of late without experiencing any issues. Dombrowski stopped short of officially naming Iglesias the team's shortstop for next season since he wants to see him in game action first, but he said he'd be "surprised" if the slick fielder isn't at the position on Opening Day.
Oct 17 - 10:56 AM

Madison Bumgarner was named the NLCS MVP after holding the Cardinals to three runs over eight frames in Thursday's 6-3 victory.

Bumgarner wasn't as sharp as he was in Game 1, as his command was a bit off at times and he served up a couple home runs. However, he still managed to go eight innings and kept his team in the game long enough for the offense to put four runs on the board late. Bumgarner, 25, now boasts a 2.67 ERA across 67 1/3 career postseason innings. The Giants can, and almost surely will, use him on regular rest in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.
Oct 17 - 12:02 AM

Travis Ishikawa launched a walk-off, three-run homer in the ninth inning Thursday to propel the Giants over the Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLCS.

Ishikawa had a misplay in left field in the third inning that gave the Cards their first run, but he certainly made up for it in a big way. After Michael Morse tied things up with a pinch-hit homer in the eighth, Ishikawa deposited a Michael Wacha pitch just over the wall in right field to send the Giants to their third World Series in the last five years. They'll face the Royals in Game 1 on Tuesday.
Oct 16 - 11:38 PM

Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that while the Royals will attempt to re-sign impending free agent James Shields, "it is not hopeful."

Major league sources told Martino that they're expecting a team like the Red Sox to offer Shields a 4-5 year deal, and he says it's "difficult to imagine the Royals matching such an offer." It's no surprise, as Shields would presumably have to take a discount to stay in Kansas City. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported earlier this month that Shields should get a deal similar to Anibal Sanchez's five-year, $80 million pact.
Oct 16 - 9:57 PM

The Rangers on Thursday officially announced Jeff Banister as their new manager.

He beat out Tim Bogar and Kevin Cash for the job. Banister has spent the last 29 years as either a player or coach in the Pirates organization but will now get his first shot to manage at the big league level. "What stood out is his presence," general manager Jon Daniels said. "He is an impressive guy to meet. You can understand how he can command a room."
Source: MLBlogs.com
Oct 16 - 7:04 PM

Tony Cruz will start behind the plate for Game 5 of the NLCS against the Giants on Thursday.

A.J. Pierzynski started behind the plate in Game 4, but Cruz will get the call as the Cardinals try to keep their season alive. In addition, Jhonny Peralta and Matt Adams have flip-flopped in the order. The full lineup: Matt Carpenter 3B, Jon Jay CF, Matt Holliday LF, Peralta SS, Adams 1B, Randal Grichuk RF, Kolten Wong 2B, Cruz C, Adam Wainwright SP.
Oct 16 - 4:29 PM




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