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Jason Heyward is not in the Braves' starting lineup for Thursday afternoon's game against the Mets.

Heyward has been battling a right hamstring strain, so the Braves are giving him a day of maintenance. Reed Johnson will start in center field and Justin Upton will play right field. Evan Gattis is patrolling left field.
Thu, Jul 25, 2013 10:34:00 AM

Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports that Joe Maddon is prepared to sit out the 2015 season to wait for the right managing opportunity, according to his agent Alan Nero.

A recent report indicated that Maddon is seeking a contract around five years and $25 million in total, which would make him one of the highest-paid managers in baseball, not far behind Mike Scioscia. Nero added, "Joe’s looking for a big challenge. He’s looking for an organization that’s committed to win." The Cubs have emerged as an early favorite for Maddon's eventual landing spot.
Oct 25 - 4:38 PM

Alcides Escobar went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, sparking the Royals offense in Friday’s 3-2 victory over the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series.

Escobar jumped on the very first pitch of the night from Tim Hudson, lining a leadoff double into the left field corner. He advanced to third on a ground ball and came around to score on a ground out off the bat of Lorenzo Cain to give the Royals an early advantage. The speedy shortstop then delivered a one-out single in the sixth inning which started a two-run uprising that proved to be the difference in the contest.
Oct 24 - 11:37 PM

Eric Hosmer went 1-for-4 and drove home the eventual game-winning run on Friday as the Royals topped the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series in San Francisco.

Hosmer’s two-out RBI single came off tough opposing southpaw Javier Lopez after an 11-pitch battle in the sixth inning, increasing the Royals advantage to 3-0 at the time. That run would prove to stand tall though after the Giants pushed across a pair in the bottom of the sixth inning. Hosmer has had a tremendous postseason, slashing .359/.479/.564 with a pair of long balls and nine RBI.
Oct 24 - 11:36 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Joe Maddon is seeking a contract in the five-year, $25 million range.

It's a perfectly reasonable request, as that would put him right on par with Mike Scioscia as the highest paid manager in the game. Most of the speculation has the Cubs as the most likely landing spot for Maddon, though we're obviously at the very beginning of the process and there will surely be many teams interested in the former Rays skipper.
Oct 24 - 5:25 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Adam Wainwright had cartilage, not a ligament, "trimmed" during Friday's elbow surgery.

That makes a lot more sense. Wainwright decided to have the procedure after receiving a second opinion on the elbow earlier this week. He is expected to be able to resume throwing in eight weeks and be fine for the start of next season. The Cardinals were already planning on limiting Waino's workload in spring training given how many innings he's thrown the last couple years.
Oct 24 - 5:18 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Friday that the team has discussed the possibility of starting Madison Bumgarner in Game 4 of the World Series on short rest if they lose Game 3.

That would also possibly put him in line to start Game 7, which would also be on short rest. However, Bochy said that Ryan Vogelsong is still slated to get the ball in Game 4 "right now." We'll see if the plans change should San Francisco drop Game 3 on Friday.
Oct 24 - 5:04 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Cole Hamels is updating his no-trade list.

As of Friday, Hamels can be dealt to the Dodgers, Angels, Padres, Cardinals, Nationals, Braves, Yankees, Red Sox and Rangers without his consent. However, the left-hander is expected to have an altered list for the Phillies by November 1. Heyman says the Phillies have told Hamels that they "would love" to keep him, but "it's possible their situation could cause them to have to reconsider that." Hamels has four years and $96 million remaining on his contract. The Red Sox and Cubs are two clubs known to have interest in him in the past.
Oct 24 - 4:04 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that impending free agent Victor Martinez will be looking for a four-year contract this winter.

Martinez will turn 36 in December, but you can hardly blame him for shooting for a four-year deal after he batted .335/.409/.565 with 32 homers and 103 RBI this season. The Tigers would love to keep him, but they could balk at giving him another four-year pact. Regardless, V-Mart will be in high demand this offseason with offense down across baseball.
Oct 24 - 3:55 PM

Jarrod Dyson is starting in center field and batting eighth in Friday's World Series Game 3.

Lorenzo Cain has shifted over to right field, and Nori Aoki is on the bench. With the tough outfield at AT&T Park and flyball pitcher Jeremy Guthrie on the mound, Royals manager Ned Yost has elected to go with his best defensive outfield. Alex Gordon has moved up to the No. 2 spot in the lineup that was vacated by Aoki, while Mike Moustakas has moved up from the No. 9 spot to Gordon's old No. 5 spot.
Oct 24 - 3:13 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs are viewed as a "leading contender" to bring Joe Maddon aboard as their manager.

ESPN's Buster Olney and CBS Sports' Jon Heyman have also listed the Cubs as a possible landing spot for the former Rays skipper. Rick Renteria is under contract with the Cubs through 2016, but Rosenthal notes that the club has the money to simply buy him out of his deal. President Theo Epstein interviewed Maddon for the Red Sox' manager job in 2003 before he decided on Terry Francona.
Oct 24 - 1:57 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that Rays manager Joe Maddon has exercised an opt-out clause in his contract and will leave the club immediately.

Wow. Maddon said just over a week ago that he "absolutely" wanted to remain the Rays' manager following the departure of Andrew Friedman, but he had a change of heart after extension talks with the club fell apart. The natural assumption was that he'd follow Friedman to the Dodgers, but CBS Sports' Jon Heyman and FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal both say it's not going to happen. Maddon will obviously be a hot commodity for anyone considering a change at manager. Bench coach Dave Martinez is a likely option to succeed Maddon in Tampa.
Oct 24 - 12:28 PM




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