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Nov 7, 2014

Dodgers bring in Zaidi as GM

The Dodgers have hired Farhan Zaidi as general manager and Josh Byrnes as senior vice president, baseball operations. The moves announced Thursday are the first major ones under Andrew Friedman, who arrived in Los Angeles from Tampa Bay last month as the new president ...

Nov 7, 2014

Silver Slugger Award winners named

The Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen and Washington’s Ian Desmond have won their third straight Silver Slugger Awards. Chicago White Sox rookie first baseman Jose Abreu and Houston second baseman Jose Altuve were among eight first-time winners announced Thursday by Louisville ...

Lawyer says A-Rod admitted steroids use

Nov 6, 2014

Lawyer says A-Rod admitted steroids use

A lawyer for the University of Miami’s former pitching coach said Wednesday that Alex Rodriguez admitted to federal investigators he used steroids supplied by the owner of a now-closed South Florida clinic. Attorney Frank Quintero Jr., who represents Lazaro “Laser” Collazo in his defense ...

Royals, Orioles lead way as MLB reveals Gold Glove winners

Nov 5, 2014

Royals, Orioles lead way as MLB reveals Gold Glove winners

All those snazzy plays by Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez earned them more than tips of the hat from their Kansas City teammates. The Royals trio wound up snagging Gold Gloves, too. “It was something that was pretty special to watch,” Gordon ...

Nov 5, 2014

Tanaka not in rookie award running

New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka had been on the fast track as a candidate for the American League Rookie of the Year. That was until he saw his season derailed by a partially torn ligament in his right elbow — a catastrophic blow ...

Maddon aiming to get Cubs into playoffs in first season

Nov 4, 2014

Maddon aiming to get Cubs into playoffs in first season

Joe Maddon’s unusual road to the manager’s office at Wrigley Field included a job interview at an RV park in Pensacola, Florida. The first public stop was a bar across the street from the iconic ballpark, where Maddon offered to buy a beer and ...

Nov 4, 2014

Cubs give Wada one-year extension

The Chicago Cubs announced they have extended left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada’s contract for one year Monday. According to the Cubs’ official website, the deal is for $4 million with an additional $2 million in performance-based incentives. The 33-year-old Wada, who will be in his fourth ...

Royals decline 2015 option on DH Butler

Nov 2, 2014

Royals decline 2015 option on DH Butler

Billy Butler hopes to be playing for the Kansas City Royals again next season. Of course, the business of baseball could change all of that. The Royals declined their option on Butler for next season Saturday, making the former All-Star designated hitter a free ...

Nov 2, 2014

Iwakuma to pitch in All-Star Series

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma will join teammate Robinson Cano as part of the MLB team traveling to Japan for the MLB-Japan All-Star series this month, the team announced Friday. Iwakuma, who had his $7 million contract option for 2015 vested by the ...

Cubs ax Renteria, hire Maddon

Nov 1, 2014

Cubs ax Renteria, hire Maddon

Right after Joe Maddon opted out of his contract with Tampa Bay, the Chicago Cubs were mentioned as a possible landing spot for one of baseball’s best managers. Flush with prospects and ready to make a splash in free agency, the Cubs already had ...

Giants down Royals in dramatic Game 7

Oct 30, 2014

Giants down Royals in dramatic Game 7

Madison Bumgarner punctuated a World Series performances for the ages by pitching the San Francisco Giants to their third title in five years with a 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in Game 7 on Wednesday night. The big left-hander came out of ...

Gritty Royals force Game 7

Oct 29, 2014

Gritty Royals force Game 7

A couple hundred fans stood behind the Royals dugout for more than a half-hour after the final out, screaming and waving white rally towels. Bring on Game 7! Yordano Ventura, a 23-year-old rookie pitching with a heavy heart and the initials of late St. ...