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Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports the Mariners are likely to buy out the 2015 option for Justin Smoak.

Smoak has a $3.65 million club option for 2015, and it will cost the M's $150,000 to buy out that final year. Smoak, 27, never reached his full potential in Seattle, hitting .202/.275/.339 in 80 games this year. His pedigree may earn him another major league deal, but Smoak will be hard-pressed to find a starting gig on the free agent market this winter.
Oct 1 - 11:44 PM

Rob Bradford of WEEI.com hears from multiple sources that Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo will interview with the Rangers for their vacant managerial position.

Lovullo was also considered for the Astros' open job before they hired A.J. Hinch. Tim Bogar, Mike Maddux and Steve Buechele are the known candidates for the Rangers position currently.
Source: WEEI.com
Oct 1 - 11:32 PM

Madison Bumgarner struck out 10 in a complete-game, 8-0 shutout of the Pirates in the National League Wild Card Game Wednesday.

Bumgarner didn't need to be dominant, but he was anyway. The left-hander gave up just four hits, all singles, and walked one, using 109 pitches to get through the game. October baseball is becoming old hat for Bumgarner at this point, as the 25-year-old already has seven postseason starts in his career. Bumgarner is on track to make the start for the Giants in NLDS Game 3 against the Nationals.
Oct 1 - 11:26 PM

Brandon Crawford hit a grand slam in the fourth inning of the Giants' win over the Pirates in Wednesday's Wild Card Game.

Of all the unlikely heroes in a one-game playoff, Crawford may have been among the unlikeliest. But there he was, pulling an Edinson Volquez curveball into the right field stands for a grand slam that gave the Giants the lead and ultimately the victory. Crawford finished 1-for-5 in the game, but he can go hitless until 2015 and still have earned his spot in the lineup this postseason.
Oct 1 - 11:23 PM

Edinson Volquez gave up a grand slam and allowed five runs total over five innings in Wednesday's Wild Card Game loss to the Giants.

Volquez got by in the first three innings before two singles and a walk loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth inning. An ill-placed pitch to Brandon Crawford changed that. Volquez was charged with another run in the sixth inning, giving up five hits and three walks on the evening. It was a disappointing end to a great season for Volquez, who revived his career to go 13-7 with a 3.04 ERA during the regular season. His strong year certainly earned him a few more million dollars on the free agent market this winter.
Oct 1 - 11:21 PM

Brandon Belt went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored in Wednesday's Wild Card Game win over the Pirates.

Brandon Crawford stole the offensive spotlight with his grand slam, but Belt was arguably the most impressive offensive performer for the Giants in their win. The first baseman had an RBI single in the sixth inning before a two-run single with the bases loaded in the seventh. Belt also walked twice in the game, reaching in four of his five plate appearances.
Oct 1 - 11:21 PM

Blue Jays sent 1B/DH Dan Johnson outright to Triple-A Buffalo.

Outrighting Johnson clears a spot on the Jays' 40-man roster. Johnson appeared in 15 games with the Jays this season, hitting .211/.333/.342.
Oct 1 - 8:08 PM

Blue Jays sent INF Munenori Kawasaki outright to Triple-A Buffalo.

The move gives the Jays a spot on the 40-man roster. Kawasaki hit .258/.327/.296 in 82 games with the Blue Jays this season.
Oct 1 - 8:05 PM

The Diamondbacks have received permission to interview Don Wakamatsu for their managerial opening.

Wakamatsu is currently serving as a bench coach for the Royals. Joe McEwing, Sandy Alomar, Jr., Jim Tracy, Jay Bell, Andy Green, Phil Nevin and Turner Ward have also been identified as candidates for the position.
Oct 1 - 7:39 PM

Stephen Vogt is expected to have surgery to repair a plantar plate tear in his foot.

Vogt will get a second opinion, but surgery seems likely. Vogt is expected to be ready for the start of spring training.
Oct 1 - 7:13 PM

Chris Owings will have surgery to repair the posterior labrum in his left shoulder.

Dr. James Andrews will perform the surgery. The Diamondbacks are expecting Owings to be ready for spring training. Owings hit .261/.300/.406 while playing just 91 games due to injury in his rookie year.
Oct 1 - 7:05 PM

Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) threw a 45-pitch simulated game with "no problems before, during or after with his shoulder."

With no problems reported, Ryu should be on schedule to make a start against the Cardinals in the NLDS. With Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke slated for the first two games, the earliest the Dodgers would need Ryu is Monday. Ryu hasn't started since September 13.
Oct 1 - 7:02 PM

C.J. Cron will serve as the Angels' designated hitter for Thursday's Game 1 of the ALDS against the Royals.

With left-hander Jason Vargas on the hill for the Royals, Angels manager Mike Scioscia will counter with a largely right-handed lineup. It doesn't hurt that Cron homered twice in three at-bats against Vargas this season.
Oct 1 - 6:34 PM

C.J. Wilson will start Sunday's Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the Royals.

The Angels are rolling with a three-man rotation, with Jered Weaver and Matt Shoemaker slotting into the other two spots. Wilson finished the year with a mediocre 4.54 ERA, and the Angels will be hoping for more out of him come Sunday.
Oct 1 - 6:26 PM

Josh Hamilton (shoulder, chest, rib cage) will start in left field and bat seventh in Thursday's Game 1 of the ALDS.

Hamilton missed the last few weeks of the season, not playing a game after September 4, due to the ailments, but he recently declared himself good to go for the ALDS. Hamilton and the Angels will square off with Jason Vargas and the Royals Thursday night.
Oct 1 - 6:24 PM


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