Lorenzo Cain named ALCS MVP after Game 4 win
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Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain
was named the MVP of the American League Championship Series after the team finished off a sweep of the Orioles Wednesday with a 2-1 win.
Cain went 0 for 3 in Game 4 Wednesday but still finished the series with a .533 batting avearge and five runs scored in 15 at-bats. Like the rest of the outfield, he was also responsible for plus defense to help the Royals advance to the World Series for the first time in 29 years.
Orioles LF Alejandro De Aza on bench Wednesday
Alejandro De Aza
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Orioles left fielder Alejandro De Aza
is out of the lineup for Game 4 of the American League Championships Series at Kansas City. A matchup against left-hander Jason Vargas has him on the bench. Nelson Cruz is set to play that position instead.
De Aza is just 12 for 79 against southpaws this season.
Option on Orioles OF Nick Markakis could force him out
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The perception that the $17.5 million option on outfielder Nick Markakis
is too steep will likely play out with him leaving
the Orioles for free agency if the two sides can't get together on a long-term contract, according to CBSSports.com MLB Insider Jon Heyman.
Markakis, who struggled from mid-August forward, finished the regular season with a stat line of .276/.346/.386. He hit 14 home runs and drove in 50 with 81 runs scored. He is known to be a favorite of owner Peter Angelos, so a return to Baltimore at a lower salary remains a possibility.
Report: Rangers decline option on OF Alex Rios
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What was previously reported has apparently played out - the Rangers have declined the team option on outfielder Alex Rios
, per CBSSports.com MLB Insider Jon Heyman.
Rios proved highly disappointing during an injury ravaged season for his team in 2014. He managed a respectable stat line of .280/.311/.398, but he slugged just four home runs, none after July 6. He scored a career-low 54 runs and also drove in 54, his second-lowest total.
He will now try to maximize his potential in free agency.
Cardinals' Oscar Taveras put on weight following surgery
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Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras
put on weight following
last August's ankle surgery, according to MLB.com.
"I’m a little heavy; I’ve gained a few pounds," Taveras said. "But I’m working on that, and physically I feel good." There's some speculation that Taveras came into the year about 20 pounds heavier than normal. Taveras has stressed that he won't make the same mistake twice. "When this [season] is over, I’m really going to prepare myself," he said. "I’m going to come back [to St. Louis] less heavy and ready for next year."
Taveras has also expressed a desire to play winter ball, but general manager John Mozeliak said he would prefer Taveras to undergo a training regimen in the United States.
Giants' Hunter Pence drives in one
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Giants outfielder Hunter Pence
drove in a run Tuesday against the Cardinals.
Pence struck in the first inning. With two men on, Pence doubled to right, driving in a run. He would later come around to score during the inning. Pence finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and one RBI.
Cardinals OF Randal Grichuk homers in Game 3 NLCS loss
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Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk
went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 5-4, 10-inning loss to the Giants in Game 3 of the NLCS, which put the Cardinals behind in the series 2-1.
Grichuk put the finishing touches on a Cardinals rally after the Giants jumped out to a 4-0 first-inning lead by slugging a solo home run to left field in the seventh inning. It's his second home run of the postseason, but the rookie is just 5 for 27 in seven postseason games.
The Dodgers attempted to send Roger Bernadina
outright to the minors, but he has elected to become a free agent, the team announced. Bernadinah it .167/.304/.258 in 66 at-bats between the Dodgers and Reds this season.
Ryan Braun takes batting practice Monday
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Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun
took batting practice Sunday
and felt "pretty good," MLB.com reports. It's Braun's first action since undergoing a cryotherapy procedure on his injured thumb.
Rockies' Jason Pridie elects free agency
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Rockies outfielder Jason Pridie
has elected free agency.
Pridie received just four at-bats with the club last season. He's hit .229/.302/.369 over 236 career at-bats in the majors.