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Kelvin De La Cruz elects free agency


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/18/2014) Orioles pitcher Kelvin De La Cruz has elected free agency. He delivered a 5.98 ERA and 49:31 K:BB ratio in 49 2/3 innings with Triple-A Norfolk.

Report: Orioles make option decisions on three players


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) The Orioles have made decisions regarding team options on several players, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Among them is southpaw starter Wei-Yin Chen, whose $4.75 million option for 2015 will be picked up. The team will do the same for impressive right-handed reliever Darren O'Day, whose $4.25 million option will also be picked up.

The exception is catcher Nick Hundley. The team will not exercise his $2.5 million option, making him a free agent.


Royals' Greg Holland racks up fourth ALCS save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2014) Royals closer Greg Holland earned another save Wednesday, walking a batter and striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning to finish off his team's 2-1 win over the Orioles and send the Royals to the World Series with a 4-0 ALCS sweep.

Holland delivered saves in each of the team's four wins over the Orioles, and the Royals bested their opponents by just six runs during the four-game sweep. The Royals closer has given up just one earned run in eight innings while racking up six saves this postseason.


Dombrowski: Joe Nathan still Tigers closer heading into 2015


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2014) Tigers general manager and president Dave Dombrowski has proclaimed embattled right-hander Joe Nathan as the team's closer in 2015 despite plans to bolster what was a terrible bullpen this season.

"I would think he starts as our closer going into it," Dombrowski told MLive.com. "But he has to perform up to the capabilities required of doing it."

Nathan struggled mightily in his first season with Detroit after signing a two-year deal worth $20 million. He converted 35 of 42 save opportunities, but finished with a 4.81 ERA. He did bring it down from 5.61 at the All-Star break, but lost velocity and recorded a 1.56 WHIP in the second half.


Royals' Greg Holland shuts the door again


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) Royals closer Greg Holland managed to shut the door Tuesday against the Orioles.

Holland didn't take long to nail down the save. He threw just six pitches, including five strikes. He did not give up any hits, and did not record any strikeouts during the outing. Holland has now saved all three games in the series. 


Tigers expect to have Bruce Rondon next spring


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) The Tigers expect reliever Bruce Rondon to be ready next spring, according to mlive.com.

Rondon underwent Tommy John surgery in late March, and should be close to 100 percent by the time camp opens. In 2013, Rondon posted a 3.45 ERA over 28 2/3 innings. 


Royals' Greg Holland shuts down Orioles again


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/11/2014) Royals closer Greg Holland shut down the Orioles again Saturday.

Holland quickly notched two outs before Nelson Cruz managed a single to center. He was able to erase the threat, picking up a game-ending strikeout against Steve Pearce. Holland has saved both games in the series thus far. 


Brian Matusz in, Ubaldo Jimenez out of Orioles ALCS roster


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/10/2014) Brian Matusz has replaced disappointing fellow right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez on the Orioles  roster for the American League Championship Series, per MLB.com

Matusz performed more effectively than Jimenez in the regular season. He compiled a 2-3 record and 3.48 ERA with 53 strikeouts in 51 2/3 innings. Jimenez struggled greatly with his control in losing his rotation spot and earning a trip to the minors. He finished 6-9 with a 4.81 ERA and 77 walks in 125 1/3 innings.


Astros make a few roster decisions Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2014) The Astros announced Thursday they outrighted first baseman Jesus Guzman and pitcher Rudy Owens off the 40-man roster. The team also announced it declined the $3 million team option on pitcher Matt Albers' contract.

A's release Adam Dunn, claim Jorge De Leon off waivers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2014) The Athletics announced Thursday they released DH Adam Dunn, who was acquired in an August trade with the White Sox. Dunn is set to retire after 14 seasons in the majors.

To take Dunn's roster spot, the Athletics claimed pitcher Jorge De Leon off waivers from Houston.


Orioles' Zach Britton leaves team for birth of child


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2014) Orioles pitcher Zach Britton has left the team to attend the birth of his child, according to MLB.com. Britton is expected to be back with the team by the start of the ALCS against the Royals.

Cubs claim RP Joe Ortiz off waivers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2014) The Cubs have claimed reliever Joe Ortiz off waivers from the Rangers. Ortiz was limited to 15 appearances because of fractured foot. The left-hander posted a 4.00 ERA over 18 innings of work.

Seven Blue Jays elect for free agency


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) According to Baseball America, the following Blue Jays have elected for free agency rather than an outright assignment: shortstop Jonathan Diaz, outfielders Cole Gillespie and Darin Mastroianni, first baseman Dan Johnson, right-hander Bobby Korecky and left-handers Brad Mills and Raul Valdes.

Greg Holland slams door Friday for second postseason save


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/4/2014) Royals closer Greg Holland struck out two in a scoreless 11th inning to pick up his second postseason save in his team's 4-1 win over the Angels in Game 2 of the American League Division Series.

Holland picked up two quick outs, one with a strikeout, before watching the inning get extended on a throwing error by the second baseman. Fortunately, he was able to strike out Mike Trout to end the game. After issuing three walks in a scoreless inning during the team's wild-card win, Holland has delivered back-to-back saves while striking out four and allowing no walks or hits. The Royals now head home with a chance to close out the series Sunday in Kansas City.


Josh Zeid to undergo second foot procedure Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) Astros pitcher Josh Zeid will undergo a second foot operation Monday, the Houston Chronicle reorts.

Zeid had a sesamoidectomy on his right foot in July and missed the remainder of the season, and he'll have the same prodecure on his left foot Monday. His availability for the beginning of spring training is in question.


Kelvin Herrera diagnosed with flexor strain


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) Royals manager Ned Yost said Friday that pitcher Kelvin Herrera has been diagnosed with a "slight" flexor strain, the Kansas City Star reports.

Herrera is unavailable to pitch in Game 2 after suffering the injury Thursday and going for an MRI Friday. His status for the rest of the series has yet to be determined.


Zach Britton picks up Game 2 save vs. Tigers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) Orioles pitcher Zach Britton earned a save Friday, striking out one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to close out his team's 7-6 win over the Tigers in Game 2 of the American League Division Series.

Britton was in line to pick up a save in Game 1, recording the final out in the top of the eighth inning to preserve a 4-3 lead, but the Orioles exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the eighth and the closer was removed rather than pitch after a long wait. He's retired all four batters he's faced over the first two games of the series, and he should be available if needed in Game 3 Sunday in Detroit.


Brad Brach earns win in Game 2 of ALDS


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) Orioles pitcher Brad Brach picked up a win Friday, retiring the only two batters he faced in his team's 7-6 victory over the Tigers in Game 2 of the American League Division Series.

Brach (1-0) put out a fire in the eighth inning after a double brought a run home to extend Detroit's lead to 6-3, recording two flyouts to strand a runner on second base. The Orioles offense came through with four runs in the bottom of the eighth to put the team ahead for good. The Orioles head into Sunday's matchup in Detroit with a 2-0 lead looking for the knockout punch.


Joakim Soria takes loss in Game 2 of ALDS


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) Tigers pitcher Joakim Soria was charged with a loss Friday, allowing one earned run on one hit and one walk in two-thirds of an inning in his team's 7-6 defeat against the Orioles in Game 2 of the American League Division Series.

Soria (0-1) came into the game up two runs in the bottom of eighth inning with runners on first and second and just one out. After walking the first batter he faced to load the bases, he surrenderd a bases-clearing double to put his team down one run with just one chance to even things back up in the ninth. The Tigers couldn't scrape together a run, leaving the team down 2-0 heading into Sunday's must-win game in Detroit.


Joba Chamberlain rocked in Game 2 of ALDS


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) Tigers pitcher Joba Chamberlain couldn't get the job done Friday, giving up three earned runs on two hits while recording just one out in his team's 7-6 loss to the Orioles in Game 2 of the American League Division Series.

Chamberlain opened the eighth inning by inducing a groundout to second base, but his appearance went down from there. He hit the next batter and gave up a pair of single, the second of which brought a run home, before being pulled. The two runners he left on base came home to score two batters after he left the game, putting the Tigers behind for good. Chamberlain has now surrendered five runs (four earned) on three hits over the first two games of the series while recording only one out. The Tigers face the Orioles in Game 3 in Detroit Sunday in a win-or-go-home scenario.


Kelvin Herrera leaves with injury Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2014) Royals pitcher Kelvin Herrera left Thursday's game early due to an injury.

Herrera entered in the bottom of the seventh inning, and walked the only batter he faced. A trainer came out to the mound following the at-bat, and Herrera was removed. The did not record an out during his appearance. Herrera was taken out with a right forearm injury.


Rangers make a pair of roster moves Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2014) The Rangers claimed pitcher Alfredo Figaro off waivers Thursday from the Brewers. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, pitcher Wilmer Font was designated for assignment.

White Sox outright Frank De Los Santos to Triple-A


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) The White Sox outrighted pitcher Frank De Los Santos to Triple-A Charlotte, the team announced Wednesday.

De Los Santos spent most of his time at Charlotte this season, posting a 5.75 ERA and 17:17 K:BB ratio in 36 innings. The move opens up a 40-man roster spot for the White Sox.


A's reliever Eric O'Flaherty left off roster for AL wild-card game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Athletics reliever Eric O'Flaherty was left off Tuesday's roster for the AL wild-card game at Kansas City due to a reported arm injury, according to MLB.com. Yahoo! Sports reported earlier in the week O'Flaherty has a sore elbow.

A's reliever Eric O'Flaherty (elbow) throws live BP Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Athletics reliever Eric O'Flaherty threw live batting practice Monday after missing eight days due to a sore elbow, according to Yahoo! Sports.

 
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Fan Poll

Which of these third basemen would you want on your teams for the second half?

Nolan Arenado, Rockies
17%
Manny Machado, Orioles
25%
Todd Frazier, Reds
33%
Martin Prado, Diamondbacks
4%
Kyle Seager, Mariners
17%
Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
4%

Total Votes: 3,689