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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. ...

Giants look to close out Royals in Game 6 back in K.C.

Oct 28, 2014

Giants look to close out Royals in Game 6 back in K.C.

Buster Posey was annoyed. Playfully so. The Giants catcher wanted Madison Bumgarner to do more than barely break a smile after a brilliant pitching performance put San Francisco one win from another World Series title. No way, Buster. Because in this postseason full of ...

Giants move to brink of glory

Oct 27, 2014

Giants move to brink of glory

With every pitch, Madison Bumgarner etched his place among the World Series greats. The long, tall lefty kept slinging away and put the San Francisco Giants just one win from yet another championship, throwing a four-hitter to beat the Kansas City Royals 5-0 Sunday ...

Giants blast past Royals

Oct 26, 2014

Giants blast past Royals

Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval charged up a pulsating crowd with their shouts and swings, and the San Francisco Giants surged past the Kansas City Royals 11-4 on Saturday night to tie the World Series at two games apiece. Down by three runs in ...

Royals edge Giants for 2-1 lead

Oct 25, 2014

Royals edge Giants for 2-1 lead

All season long and deep into October, the Kansas City Royals have relied on their winning formula of fundamental baseball: sparkling defense, a stingy bullpen and just enough timely hitting. It won them a wild card and the American League pennant. And now, it ...

Maddon to opt out, leave Tampa Bay

Oct 25, 2014

Maddon to opt out, leave Tampa Bay

Joe Maddon’s highly successful run as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays is over. After discussions on a new deal bogged down with the Rays, Maddon is now free to listen to offers from any club — a prospect the manager apparently found too ...

Royals hit back to even Series

Oct 23, 2014

Royals hit back to even Series

Salvador Perez and the pesky Kansas City Royals fought back from a Game 1 flop to beat the San Francisco Giants’ brilliant bullpen and even the World Series 1-1. Perez broke open Game 2 with a two-run double in a five-run sixth inning, and ...