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Orioles designated INF Wilson Betemit for assignment.

The move clears a spot for Henry Urrutia to be activated from the restricted list. Betemit has seen sporadic playing time since returning from a knee injury in late August, going 0-for-10 with three strikeouts in six games.
Mon, Sep 16, 2013 04:16:00 PM

Madison Bumgarner was named World Series MVP and set a postseason record for innings pitched along the way, tossing five scoreless innings in relief and earning the win in the Giants' Game 7 victory Wednesday.

The left-hander finished 3-0 in the World Series with the win. The previous record for innings pitched in a single postseason was 48 1/3 innings, so Bumgarner's 52 2/3 innings smashed that record with relative ease. That he gave up just six runs in the entire postseason, and just one in 21 World Series innings, was icing on the cake. Bumgarner won his first World Series MVP award on the heels of his first NLCS MVP award, and the ring was his third in five full seasons. The scariest part is that, at 25 years old, he may still be getting better as a pitcher.
Oct 29 - 11:29 PM

Pablo Sandoval set a postseason record with a huge night in Wednesday's World Series Game 7 win, going 3-for-3 with two runs scored as the Giants edged the Royals 3-2 for the title.

Sandoval broke a four-way tie with Marquis Grissom, Darin Erstad and David Freese (who just tied the record in 2011) when he doubled for his third hit of the game in the eighth inning. Prior to that, Sandoval had two singles, a walk and two runs scored in the game. For the series, Sandoval finished 12-for-28 (.429) with four RBI and six runs scored. It was a performance that will serve him well financially heading into free agency this winter.
Oct 29 - 11:23 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cubs are hiring Joe Maddon as manager.

Maddon opted out of his contract with the Rays on October 24 and took less than a week to land a new gig. He's joining a Cubs team that is very much on the rise, and with much more financial freedom than what he was working with in Tampa Bay. Reports had Maddon seeking a five-year contract worth $25 million and the Cubs presumably met those demands. It's not clear what the immediate future holds for Rick Renteria, who was named Cubs manager last November on a three-year deal.
Oct 29 - 5:28 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters Wednesday evening that Madison Bumgarner could throw 50-60 pitches of relief in Game 7 of the World Series.

Bochy noted that it's Bumgarner's normal side session day and that the young left-hander typically throws around 50 pitches in those workouts. Tim Hudson will start Game 7 on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium, but Bochy could opt for a quick hook at the first sign of trouble. Bumgarner dominated the Royals in Games 1 and 5.
Oct 29 - 5:21 PM

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that the Braves "are expected to make" a qualifying offer to impending free agent Ervin Santana.

The qualifying offer this winter will be one year, $15.3 million. Santana turned down a $14.1 million qualifying offer last winter from the Royals and then struggled to find a big contract on the open market, so he may accept this time around. The 31-year-old right-hander had an up and down 2014 for Atlanta, posting a 3.95 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 179/63 K/BB ratio in 196 total innings.
Oct 29 - 4:43 PM

Juan Perez will start in left field and bat eighth in Game 7 of the World Series against the Royals on Wednesday.

Travis Ishikawa is on the bench, as Giants manager Bruce Bochy is trying to put his best defense out there in the deciding game of the World Series. The full lineup: Gregor Blanco CF, Joe Panik 2B, Buster Posey C, Pablo Sandoval 3B, Hunter Pence RF, Brandon Belt 1B, Michael Morse DH, Brandon Crawford SS, Perez LF. Tim Hudson will start for San Francisco while Kansas City will counter with Jeremy Guthrie.
Oct 29 - 3:29 PM

Reds declined OF Ryan Ludwick's $9 million option for 2015.

He'll receive a $4.5 million buyout and become a free agent. The Reds gave Ludwick a two-year, $15 million contract after a resurgent 2012 campaign, but a shoulder injury limited him to 38 games last year and he batted just .244 with nine homers and a .683 OPS over 112 games this season.
Oct 29 - 3:27 PM

Mike Moustakas will bat eighth again in Game 7 of the World Series against the Giants on Wednesday.

Moustakas doubled and homered in Game 6 on Tuesday and he'll hope to come up big in the deciding game of the Fall Classic. The full lineup: Alcides Escobar SS, Nori Aoki RF, Lorenzo Cain CF, Eric Hosmer 1B, Butler DH, Alex Gordon LF, Salvador Perez C, Moustakas 3B, Omar Infante 2B. Jeremy Guthrie will oppose Tim Hudson.
Oct 29 - 2:39 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Reds have exercised their $10 million club option on Johnny Cueto for 2015.

The Reds have yet to make an official announcement, but it's a no-brainer. Cueto stayed healthy and dominated this season, posting a career-high 20 wins to go along with a 2.25 ERA and 242/65 K/BB ratio over 243 2/3 innings. He can become a free agent after the 2015 season.
Oct 29 - 2:26 PM

CBS Sports' reports that the Red Sox are "prioritizing" impending free agents Pablo Sandoval and Chase Headley.

The Red Sox are looking for an upgrade at the hot corner after their third basemen hit just .211/.271/.308 this season. They'll have plenty of competition, of course, as the Giants would like to re-sign Sandoval and the Yankees are interested in keeping Headley. Sandoval will obviously be the most expensive of the two and will also be attached to draft pick compensation, as the Giants are expected to make him a qualifying offer. Headley won't be attached to a draft pick since he was traded during the season. Heyman hears that the Red Sox could also look at Brewers' third baseman Aramis Ramirez if he becomes a free agent.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 29 - 9:22 AM

Yordano Ventura came up big for the Royals Tuesday, spinning seven shutout innings in a 10-0 World Series Game 6 victory.

He was a little wild, walking five, but Ventura yielded just three hits (two singles) while striking out four. The young right-hander upped his flash as the game went along and hit 100 mph on the radar gun a couple times among his last few offerings. With just two runs surrendered over 12 1/3 World Series innings, it’s safe to say the shoulder tightness Ventura experience during the ALCS isn’t a concern going into the offseason. The Royals will give the ball to Jeremy Guthrie in Wednesday’s Game 7.
Oct 28 - 11:39 PM




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