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John Perrotto of the Beaver County Times writes that the Pirates "want (Kendrys) Morales at their price and will stay patient until his asking price is lowered."

Perrotto says the team is "more willing to consider" forfeiting a draft pick to sign a free agent like Morales because they don't pick until No. 25. The Pirates are already paying Gaby Sanchez $2.3 million and Perrotto says the club doesn't want to spend "something in the range of $10 million on first basemen." Given that Morales turned down a $14.1 million qualifying offer, it appears significant ground will need to be made up. The good news for the Bucs is that the market for Morales looks to be almost non-existent at this point.
Feb 14 - 9:42 AM

Madison Bumgarner was a beast again Tuesday, holding the Royals to one run over seven excellent frames in a 7-1 World Series Game 1 victory.

He struck out five, walked one and allowed just three hits, with Salvador Perez’s solo homer in the seventh inning representing the only blemish on his record. The Royals were only able to muster one rally versus Bumgarner, and that was in the third inning after Brandon Crawford booted a ball to start the frame. MadBum wound up pitching out of that inning with a couple strikeouts and a groundout. Perez’s homer is the only run Bumgarner has allowed in the World Series in 22 career innings. He’ll get the ball again in Game 5, assuming the series lasts that long.
Oct 21 - 11:55 PM

James Shields lasted just three-plus innings Tuesday against the Giants, allowing five runs on seven hits and a walk in the World Series Game 1 loss.

The Giants jumped on Shields early with two singles and an RBI double after the first four hitters of the game. Shields caught a break when Buster Posey was easily thrown out at home on a silly send from third base coach Tim Flannery, but the next batter, Hunter Pence, smashed a two-run shot over the center field wall. Pence also scored in the fourth after a leadoff double on a Michael Morse single that chased Shields. The Royals’ ace now has a 7.11 ERA over four starts this postseason. Despite Shields' struggles, Royals manager Ned Yost said after the game that the righty would get the ball in a potential Game 5.
Oct 21 - 11:55 PM

Hunter Pence launched a two-run homer and reached base four times in Tuesday's World Series Game 1 win over the Royals.

The Giants first dented the scoreboard on Pablo Sandoval's first-inning double, but Pence provided the big blow with a laser to center field that cleared the wall for a two-run shot. He later added a double and also drew a pair of walks. Every player in the Giants' lineup had a hit save for Travis Ishikawa, who was lifted after just one at-bat.
Oct 21 - 11:54 PM

LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the Twins have three finalists for their manager job in Paul Molitor, Doug Mientkiewicz and Torey Lovullo.

That means Gene Glynn, Sandy Alomar Jr., Joe McEwing and DeMarlo Hale have been eliminated. The feeling all along has been that Molitor is the favorite for the job, and there's been no indication that that's changed. Lovullo, who is the Red Sox' bench coach, is the lone finalist from outside the organization.
Oct 21 - 10:00 PM

Phillies re-signed RHP Jerome Williams to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

The deal includes performance-based bonuses that could carry the total value up to $4 million. Williams was a nice surprise down the stretch this year for Philadelphia, posting a 2.83 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 38/17 K/BB ratio in 57 1/3 innings (nine starts), but expecting him to replicate that success over a full season is probably foolish. The 32-year-old right-hander owns a 4.40 career ERA and a 1.36 career WHIP.
Oct 21 - 5:14 PM

Jason Vargas will start in Game 4 of the World Series against the Giants on Saturday.

Jeremy Guthrie will get the nod for Game 3. Vargas has allowed three runs with an 8/4 K/BB ratio in 11 1/3 innings over two starts this postseason. He'll face Ryan Vogelsong.
Oct 21 - 3:59 PM

Jeremy Guthrie will start Game 3 of the World Series against the Giants on Friday.

He'll square off against Tim Hudson in San Francisco. Guthrie allowed one run over five innings in Game 3 of the ALCS against the Orioles last Tuesday. Jason Vargas will follow him in Game 4. Guthrie is now lined up for a potential Game 7.
Oct 21 - 3:52 PM

Michael Morse is in the starting lineup as the designated hitter for Game 1 of the World Series against the Royals.

Morse was limited to pitch-hitting duties during the NLCS, but the Giants can use him as their DH under American League rules. The full lineup: Gregor Blanco CF, Joe Panik 2B, Buster Posey C, Pablo Sandoval 3B, Hunter Pence RF, Brandon Belt 1B, Morse DH, Travis Ishikawa LF, Brandon Crawford SS. Madison Bumgarner will match up against James Shields.
Oct 21 - 3:28 PM

Lorenzo Cain will bat third in Game 1 of the World Series against the Giants on Tuesday night.

Royals manager Ned Yost is sticking with what got him here. The full lineup: Alcides Escobar SS, Nori Aoki RF, Cain CF, Eric Hosmer 1B, Butler DH, Alex Gordon LF, Salvador Perez C, Omar Infante 2B, Mike Moustakas 3B. James Shields will oppose Madison Bumgarner.
Oct 21 - 2:48 PM

Jayson Nix has replaced Christian Colon on the Royals' roster for the World Series.

Colon logged two plate appearances between the ALDS and ALCS while serving as a backup infielder. Nix was claimed off waivers from the Pirates in late August and appeared in seven games for the Royals down the stretch. This is the Royals' only roster change for the World Series against the Giants.
Oct 21 - 11:57 AM

Yoenis Cespedes is now represented by Roc Nation Sports.

Cespedes was previously represented by Adam Katz of Wasserman Media Group, who negotiated his four-year, $36 million deal with the Athletics. The Cuban slugger is just the latest high-profile baseball name to align with Roc Nation, joining Robinson Cano, CC Sabathia, and Rusney Castillo. Cespedes is due to become a free agent after the 2015 and is clearly preparing for a big payday.
Oct 20 - 4:11 PM




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