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  • Joe Maddon exercises opt-out, won't return to Rays

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — 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 difficult to resist. Tampa Bay announced Friday that Maddon had exercised an...

  • Interim manager Bogar won't stay on Rangers' staff

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Tim Bogar, who filled in after former Texas manager Ron Washington resigned and was a finalist to replace him, will not be on the Rangers' coaching staff next season. General manager Jon Daniels said Monday that he and new manager Jeff Banister had discussions with Bogar in recent days and "decided that it is best for...

  • Bumgarner gets nod for Giants World Series opener

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The reliable southpaw is getting the ball for another important Game 1. Left-hander Madison Bumgarner will pitch the World Series opener for the San Francisco Giants at Kansas City on Tuesday. Manager Bruce Bochy made the expected announcement Saturday as his team worked out under sunny skies, one day before traveling....

  • Ishikawa's 3-run HR sends Giants to World Series

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After three years away with four different teams, Travis Ishikawa landed himself a second chance with San Francisco right where he so wanted to be. And with one sweet swing, he sent the Giants back to the World Series. It was the Shot That Shook the Bay. For all the questions about San Francisco's failures to clear the...

  • Royals' run to World Series has Kansas City abuzz

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — This Midwestern city best known for its barbecue, bebop jazz and, for most of the past three decades, bad baseball has exploded into a sea of blue as long-suffering Royals fans suddenly find their team at the center of the sports universe. Kansas City's improbable playoff run stoked a community pride that has blue-clad...

  • Vision of Royals GM Dayton Moore comes to fruition

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The memories come back in bits and pieces, and for that he can be forgiven. After all, 29 years have passed since he was standing on the hillside, watching everything unfold. It was a blowout, Dayton Moore says, the deciding game of the 1985 World Series. Darryl Motley homered off John Tudor in the second inning....

  • Giants blast their way into World Series

    SAN FRANCISCO - Travis Ishikawa hit the first homer to end an NL Championship Series, a three-run shot that sent the San Francisco Giants to the World Series with a 6-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 on Thursday night. These every-other-year Giants will face the Royals in an all wild-card Fall Classic that begins Tuesday in Kansas...

  • Rangers hire Pirates' Jeff Banister as new manager

    The Texas Rangers hired Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister as their new manager. Banister got the nod over two other finalists, interim manager Tim Bogar and Cleveland Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash. General manager Jon Daniels said Thursday night that Banister won over the Rangers during the interview process. Daniels described...

  • Tony Cruz starts at catcher for Cardinals

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Catcher Tony Cruz is in the St. Louis lineup for Game 5 of the NL Championship Series on Thursday night with the Cardinals facing elimination by the San Francisco Giants. A.J. Pierzynski caught the previous two games in place of injured star Yadier Molina and went 1 for 6. He had an RBI single Wednesday night in a 6-4...

  • Grace, Green to join new manager Hale's staff

    PHOENIX (AP) — Mark Grace will join the staff of new Arizona Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale as assistant hitting coach. The club announced Hale's staff on Thursday, with Andy Green as third base coach and Glenn Sherlock bench coach. Sherlock shifts from third base coach and is among six from former manager Kirk Gibson's staff who are being...

  • Giants beat Cardinals 6-4, move 1 win from Series

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Buster Posey and the Giants already know how to win in October — even without all this help from the St. Louis Cardinals. Strange as it might look sometimes, San Francisco finds a way to score just enough. Posey drove in three runs and capped another unusual rally as the Giants took advantage of some clunky defense by...

  • Orioles swept out of ALCS with 2-1 loss to Royals

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles filed slowly back to the visiting clubhouse Wednesday night, the mood somber. Their season had ended abruptly at the hands of the Kansas City Royals, yet there wasn't a feeling of anger or disappointment. Rather, there was an overwhelming sense of disbelief. Not that their dramatic run — despite...

  • Royals hold off Orioles 2-1, finish ALCS sweep

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — James Shields led thousands of fans in a celebratory chant. Lorenzo Cain pranced along the warning track, cradling his newborn son. Ned Yost finally allowed himself to smile. After nearly three decades spent as one of the game's biggest laughingstocks, the Kansas City Royals are once again baseball royalty. They are...

  • Silverman replaces Friedman as Rays' BB head

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays expect to keep rolling without Andrew Friedman. One of baseball's top young executives left Tuesday to become president of baseball operations of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg never had any doubts about who's the best person to replace Friedman and keep the...

  • Royals edge Orioles 2-1 to take 3-0 lead in ALCS

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mike Moustakas had his eye on the ball from the moment it left Adam Jones's bat, tracking it against the bright lights of Kauffman Stadium. When it settled into his glove and he tumbled into a dugout suite, a dozen fans were waiting to pick him right back up. Just like Moustakas has picked up his team during its perfect...

  • Dodgers hire Andrew Friedman from Rays

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fresh off another early playoff exit, the Los Angeles Dodgers overhauled their front office Tuesday. They hired Andrew Friedman for the new position of president of baseball operations, while current general manger Ned Colletti will stay on in a new role as a senior adviser to team president and CEO Stan Kasten. Friedman...

  • ALCS Game 3 postponed because of rain

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The last two times the Kansas City Royals played a postseason game at home, rain fell after the final out. This time, it started well before the first pitch. Game 3 of the AL Championship Series between the Royals and Baltimore Orioles was postponed Monday because of steady rain that saturated Kauffman Stadium. The game...

  • Steady rain, gusty winds forecast for ALCS Game 3

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A National Weather Service meteorologist says steady rain and northwest winds of 20-30 mph are expected for Game 3 of the AL Championship Series in Kansas City on Monday night. Meteorologist Jared Leighton of the NWS office in Pleasant Hill, Missouri, says rain was expected to lighten slightly Monday afternoon before...

  • Wong homers in 9th, Cards edge Giants to tie NLCS

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kolten Wong ended Game 2 of the NL Championship Series with a big swing for the St. Louis Cardinals. Now, they can only hope the season isn't over for Yadier Molina. Wong hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the ninth inning and the resilient Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants 5-4 Sunday night, tying the best-of-seven...

  • Cards C Molina leaves game with strained oblique

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Yadier Molina made contact and barely budged from the batter's box, hunched over in pain as the San Francisco Giants turned an easy double play. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny and a trainer came out to meet Molina, who walked gingerly off the field with a strained muscle on his left side. By the time St. Louis finished...

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