• Royals will bring back Yordano Ventura to start Game 4

    Hardball Talk "Thursday night’s rain delay cut Yordano Ventura‘s start short after just two innings, as the Royals opted to turn to reliever Chris Young instead of bringing the 24-year-old right-hander back out to the mound following the delay. One benefit to that is what manager Ned Yost has decided to do..." October 09

  • Phillies to interview Kim Ng, who could become first female GM

    Sporting News "In search of a new general manager after firing Ruben Amaro Jr. in September, the Phillies have begun conducting interviews from a candidate pool that reportedly includes Kim Ng. According to CBS Sports, Ng has an upcoming interview and could potentially become the first female GM in MLB..." October 09

  • Sources: Lloyd McClendon will not return as manager of the Mariners in 2016

    Seattle Times "The offseason of change continues for the Mariners. Manager Lloyd McClendon won’t return as manager for the 2016, according to sources. McClendon moves on after compiling records of 87-75 in 2014 and 76-86 in 2015. His first season as manager produced the Mariners’ first winning season since..." October 09

  • Adrian Beltre out of lineup for Rangers in Game 2 of Division Series

    Dallas Morning News "The Rangers wasted no time in making a decision about Adrian Beltre for Friday's Game 2 of the AL Division Series. He will not play. Belte suffered a back strain while sliding into second base on Thursday. Hanser Alberto replaced him an inning later. An MRI revealed no structural damage to the..." October 09

  • Yankees likely to pursue free agent Jeff Samardzija this winter

    Pinstripe Alley "Just a few days after the Yankees' 2015 campaign ended, the first off-season rumors arrived. The team's rotation was notoriously shaky down the stretch, as only Masahiro Tanaka and Luis Severino notched seasons with an ERA- under 100. There is a plethora of starting options already in-house for..." October 09

  • The $200 million investments Yankees need to bounce back

    New York Post "The Yankees’ rallying cry toward the end of the regular season and even after they sleepwalked through their wild-card loss to the Astros was that no one expected them even to make the postseason. “We were picked to finish last in the division,” Jacoby Ellsbury said before the last game of the..." October 09

  • Dan Jennings expected to return to GM role with Marlins

    CBS Sports "Dan Jennings is expected to return to the front office as GM of the Marlins as early as Sunday, and if not within a day or two after that. Jennings had hoped to remain manager, but owner Jeffrey Loria decided he wanted to make a change and Jennings was given ample time to decide whether to go..." October 09

  • A solution to the Twins' Joe Mauer problem

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Paul Molitor, progeny of Cretin-Derham Hall, earned a nickname as a Hall of Fame player: The Ignitor. (Baseball players are not always good spellors.) Joe Mauer, progeny of Cretin-Derham Hall, deserves a new nickname as a player once headed to the Hall of Fame: The Obstructor. Once a..." October 09

  • Astros win Game 1 of ALDS over Royals

    Houston Chronicle "Carlos Gomez had five planned days off and his torso was still screaming at him when he went into Yankee Stadium and homered, a shot that left an Astros executive using an expletive to describe how stunning it was after the Astros won the wild card. Gomez, two days later, was back on the bench..." October 09

  • Rangers win with unexpected sources, 5-3, in ALDS Game 1

    Dallas Morning News "What inexperience? The most inexperienced players in the Rangers lineup -- Rougned Odor, Delino DeShields and Robinson Chirinos -- led the way against Toronto ace David Price in a 5-3 victory in Game 1 of the AL Division Series on Thursday. The Rangers now send Cole Hamels to the mound for..." October 09

  • Molina is 'ready to go'

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Yadier Molina’s torn left thumb ligament remains a nuisance. But the injury to the Cardinals catcher’s catching hand won’t keep him out of the postseason. He is one of 25 players on the club’s National League division series roster. “I’m ready to go,” Molina said after the Cardinals..." October 09

  • Adrian Beltre diagnosed with back strain after MRI

    Hardball Talk "Adrian Beltre was in serious pain when he exited Game 1 of the ALDS against the Blue Jays and Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the veteran third baseman was diagnosed with a back strain following an MRI. Beltre suffered the injury when he tried to break up a double play..." October 09

  • Walker, Alvarez among decisions Pirates face entering offseason earlier than planned

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Standing in the on-deck circle Wednesday night in the ninth inning of the National League wild-card game, Neil Walker’s mind wandered slightly. Asked if he thought about possibly playing his final game as a Pirates player, Walker said, “I’d be lying if I told you no.” “There’s no telling,”..." October 09

  • Pete Rose criticizes Blue Jays players for not playing through playoff injuries

    Yahoo! Sports "Pete Rose earned the nickname 'Charlie Hustle' during his remarkable baseball career because of how hard he played the game and the toughness he showed on numerous occasions. Running over Ray Fosse at home plate to win the 1970 All-Star game is probably the most famous example of the grit and..." October 09

  • Donaldson, Bautista expected to play in Game 2

    The Score "The Toronto Blue Jays lost both Jose Bautista and Josh Donaldson to injuries in their series opener with the Texas Rangers on Thursday, but both superstars are expected to play in Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday afternoon, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. Donaldson, who took a knee to the..." October 09

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    Cubs have a potential agreement with Cuban CF Eddy Julio Martinez for $3 million, pending a physical.

  • Tigers, J.D. Martinez Have Mutual Interest In Extension

    MLB Trade Rumors "Tigers GM Al Avila said today that the organization has interest in pursuing an extension with outfielder J.D. Martinez, as Chris Iott of MLive.com reports. He declined to discuss whether and to what extent the sides had already discussed that possibility. “I don’t really want to get into our..." October 08

  • Tigers GM: 'We're open for business'

    ESPN "The Detroit Tigers will be watching the playoffs from home for the first time in five years, but don’t expect it to be a quiet time of year for the team’s front office. General manager Al Avila promised his staff will be aggressive in pursuing all avenues to improve the club heading into 2016..." October 08

  • Blue Jays’ Josh Donaldson exits ALDS opener

    Toronto Star "Third baseman Josh Donaldson has left the Blue Jays’ series-opening game against the Texas Rangers after suffering an apparent head injury in the fourth inning. The team said Donaldson was removed from the game “as a precaution” after his helmeted head collided with the knee of Rangers’ second..." October 08

  • Rangers' Adrian Beltre exits Game 1 with stiff lower back

    Sporting News "Adrian Beltre wanted to stay in Game 1 of the American League division series on Thursday afternoon, but with a stiff lower back, he could not, and the Rangers will have to hope that he can get healthy quickly. Beltre will be evaluated further, but with Friday’s game set for 12:37 p.m., it will..." October 08

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    Dodgers say Vin Scully will miss postseason after undergoing recommended medical procedure, but he is looking forward to returning in 2016.

  • MLB hopeful Michael Nolan, 23, shot in head in Yonkers drive-by, dies from injuries

    New York Daily News "A promising baseball prospect who was shot in the head last month during a drive-by shooting in Yonkers died Thursday from his injuries, officials said. Pitcher Michael Nolan, 23, was shot in the head and torso while standing with a group of friends in a parking lot of a Burger King on Central..." October 08

  • Pirates' Sean Rodriguez says he apologized personally to the cooler and has been forgiven

    USA Today "The Pirates’ Sean Rodriguez was ejected from the Wild Card game on Wednesday night, and took his anger out on a Gatorade cooler, which he beat up pretty bad. On Thursday, Rodriguez apologized to the cooler, and was forgiven:" October 08

  • Lackey set for Game 1; Cardinals announce rest of NLDS rotation

    CBS Sports "Wednesday afternoon Cardinals manager Mike Matheny announced veteran right-hander John Lackey will get the ball in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday. Later that night the Cardinals learned they will be playing the Cubs, who beat the Pirates in the NL Wild Card game. On Thursday, Matheny announced..." October 08

  • Royals leave Jonny Gomes off playoff roster

    Hardball Talk "It’s been a tough season for the mythology of Jonny Gomes‘ veteran clubhouse savior reputation. First he signed with the rebuilding Braves and performed poorly while Atlanta fell apart after a surprisingly decent start. Then he was traded to the Royals, for whom he played just 12 games and hit..." October 08

  • How to fix the Yankees, with trades and free agents

    New York Post "I can make this easy. I can give the current Yankees the attributes we associate with George Steinbrenner’s heyday and attempt to solve all their problems with their wallet and a disregard for the future. In that scenario, they would sign David Price to add sturdy genius to the front of a..." October 08

  • Astros leave Chad Qualls off playoff roster, add Preston Tucker

    Hardball Talk "Houston made one unexpected change to the roster for the ALDS, leaving off veteran reliever Chad Qualls. Qualls warmed up but never appeared in the Wild Card game win over the Yankees and during the regular season the 36-year-old right-hander logged 49 innings with a 4.38 ERA and 46/9 K/BB..." October 08

  • Arrieta survives bench-clearer, strikes out 11 as Cubs defeat Pirates 4-0

    Chicago Sun-Times "Jake Arrieta was feeling what a lot of Cubs fans were feeling. “A nervous excitement,’’ he had said. The Pittsburgh Pirates’ blackout crowd at PNC Park, and perhaps the Pirates themselves by appearing to throw at him in the National League Wild Card game Wednesday — tried to rattle Arrieta..." October 08

  • Benches clear in Pittsburgh after Arrieta gets hit

    The Score "The Pittsburgh Pirates couldn't get to Jake Arrieta over six innings in the National League wild-card game, so they took a different approach. With the Pirates trailing 4-0 in the top of the seventh inning, Pittsburgh reliever Tony Watson appeared to intentionally throw at the Chicago Cubs ace,..." October 08

  • How do Reds fix the bullpen?

    Cincinnati Enquirer "This is the first in a periodic series looking at the questions the Reds face this offseason. First up: How do they fix the bullpen? The first thing I would warn against is trying to do so on the free agent market. The Reds did that last offseason when they added Kevin Gregg and Burke Badenhop..." October 08

  • How the Mets plan to attack Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke

    New York Post "The Mets might want to heed the advice of their sage third-base coach when considering how they can beat Dodgers aces Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke in the NLDS. “It’s one hit — a Mike Scioscia hit,” Tim Teufel said. It was Scioscia’s home run against Dwight Gooden in the 1988 NLCS that..." October 08

  • Terry Collins’ deal with Mets ace Matt Harvey: ‘You go pitch good, I’ll take care of the rest’

    New York Daily News "Matt Harvey owes Terry Collins. On Wednesday, after the Mets finished their on-field workout with Harvey there from the beginning, the manager tried to defuse the controversy caused by his star pitcher getting “stuck in a tunnel” — or just screwing up — the day before. “I talked to him this..." October 08

  • Yasiel Puig will be on Dodgers’ roster for NLDS

    Hardball Talk "Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday that Yasiel Puig is unlikely to start over Andre Ethier or Carl Crawford in the team’s NLDS matchup with the Mets. And the Mets are throwing three righties — Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Matt Harvey — in the first three games of the..." October 08

  • Lloyd McClendon’s status is at the top of the new Mariners GM’s list

    Seattle Times "For the first time since 2008, the Mariners enter an offseason without Jack Zduriencik making the organizational decisions. After seven years with just two winning seasons and no playoff appearances, the Mariners have changed direction and general managers, handing control to Jerry Dipoto in..." October 08

  • Commissioner: 'I want the A's to stay in Oakland'

    San Francisco Chronicle "Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred came out and said something his predecessor never did: "I want the A's to stay in Oakland." In an interview this week with the Los Angeles Times' national baseball writer Bill Shaikin, Manfred was asked about the A's situation: On Monday, the Supreme Court..." October 08

  • Yankees GM Brian Cashman has ‘no regrets’ on not making moves at trade deadline

    New York Daily News "Would Ben Zobrist have helped the Yankees in their feeble wild card loss to Houston? We’ll never know, because Oakland demanded Rob Refsnyder and Adam Warren in return and GM Brian Cashman said no. “The only second baseman we explored on was Zobrist and he got traded to Kansas City,” Cashman..." October 07

  • John Lackey to start Game 1 of the NLDS for the Cardinals

    Hardball Talk "St. Louis has decided on John Lackey as the Game 1 starter in the NLDS versus the winner of tonight’s Wild Card game, manager Mike Matheny announced. Lackey led the Cardinals in starts (33) and innings (218) this season while posting a 2.77 ERA and 175/53 K/BB ratio with 21 homers allowed." October 07

  • Rangers turn to Gallardo for Game 1 of ALDS

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Yovani Gallardo will pitch for his hometown team in the first game of the American League Division Series, a nice footnote for the Fort Worth resident as the Texas Rangers make their first playoff appearance since 2012. But the decision to put him up against the mighty Toronto Blue Jays offense..." October 07

  • The weekend-long bender behind Sabathia’s rehab stay

    New York Post "Struggling Yankee pitcher CC Sabathia announced on Monday that he will spend the postseason drying out in rehab while his teammates chase a World Series title — a move that follows a weekend-long bender during a Baltimore road trip, sources told The Post. “His drinking got really bad this..." October 07

  • Astros starter Collin McHugh brings his 19 wins to Kansas City to open ALDS

    Houston Chronicle "A.J. Hinch has picked righthander Colin McHugh to start Game 1 of the Division Series against the Kansas City Royals on Monday. McHugh, who set a career-high for victories for the second consecutive year, was 19-7 with a 3.89 ERA this season." October 07

  • Brewers fire all coaches except Darnell Coles, Ed Sedar

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The Milwaukee Brewers wasted no time launching what certainly will be an active offseason as they crank their rebuilding plan into high gear. One day after finishing a dismal 2015 season with a 68-94 record, the Brewers did some major house cleaning on their coaching staff, firing everyone..." October 07

  • Yankees GM turned down deal for Zobrist at deadline

    The Score "The New York Yankees' revolving door at second base could have been addressed at the non-waiver deadline had general manager Brian Cashman parted ways with one of his top prospects. Cashman told reporters Tuesday that he turned down an offer from the Oakland Athletics for Ben Zobrist, that..." October 07

  • Red Sox’s Lack Of Power Pitching Should Be Addressed Over Offseason

    NESN "This isn’t a carnival. While radar gun readings can create buzz, they’re hardly the be-all and end-all in Major League Baseball. In fact, some hard-throwers flat-out stink. Yet there’s still something to be said for having power pitchers, especially in the bullpen, where high-strikeout hurlers..." October 07

  • Walt Weiss To Return As Rockies Manager In 2016

    MLB Trade Rumors "Walt Weiss will return to the Rockies as manager in 2016, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. There had been some uncertainty surrounding the situation, with Weiss himself even recently acknowledging the possibility that he could be dismissed at season’s end. Weiss, who will be entering the..." October 07

  • Reports: Cuban OF Martinez not signing with Giants

    CSN Bay Area "Conflicting reports emerged Tuesday evening that say 20-year-old Cuban outfield prospect Eddy Julio Martinez won't be joining the Giants after all. Two days after MLB.com reported the Giants and Martinez had agreed to a deal worth $2.5 million, and one day after general manager Bobby Evans..." October 07

  • Braves make bullpen their top offseason priority

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Top Braves executives agree that building a (much) better bullpen is their No. 1 offseason priority. Understandable, consider Braves relievers finished 29th in the majors with a 4.69 ERA, after consistently ranking at or near the top in relief ERA in recent years. The beleaguered bullpen,..." October 07

  • Yasiel Puig might be more of a bench guy in the NLDS

    Hardball Talk "Yasiel Puig appeared in just 79 games during the regular season and missed all of September with a right hamstring strain. He returned on October 3 and appeared in the Dodgers’ final two regular-season games, but that doesn’t mean he is anywhere close to 100 percent heading into the NLDS. Mark..." October 07

  • Twins want Sano to play a position instead of just DH

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "With no Twins baseball to help pass the time this winter, Terry Ryan provided the team’s fans with a juicy mystery instead Tuesday: What does he have in mind for Miguel Sano? In an hourlong season-wrapup media session at Target Field, the Twins general manager dropped a series of seemingly..." October 07

  • Ex-assistant charged with stealing Bronson Arroyo's yacht, selling it for $22,000

    Sporting News "Authorities say the former personal assistant to Bronson Arroyo stole the Dodgers pitcher's yacht from a private club in Tampa, Fla., then sold the vessel for just $22,000. Anthony Acosta, 38, has been charged with grand theft and forgery, the Miami Herald reported. According to the Florida..." October 07

  • Astros shut out Yankees, advance to ALDS vs. Royals

    Houston Chronicle "During the first champagne celebration Sunday, the one that sent them to Yankee Stadium, Carlos Gomez said the Astros had taken the first step to “be in the real playoffs.” Point taken. Tuesday’s wild card game, the one-game playoff to make the best-of-five American League Division Series, was..." October 07