Royals tab SS Alcides Escobar to lead off in World Series Game 1
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Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar
is leading off in the team's announced lineup for Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday against the Giants.
Escobar led off just 16 times while playing all 162 games during the regular season, but he's been the man atop the lineup in each of the Royals' first eight postseason games -- all wins. He'll be followed by right fielder Norichika Aoki, center fielder Lorenzo Cain, first baseman Eric Hosmer, designated hitter Billy Butler, left fielder Alex Gordon, catcher Salvador Perez, second baseman Omar Infante and third baseman Mike Moustakas.
Rangers' Elvis Andrus losing weight
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Rangers infielder Elvis Andrus
is losing weight this offseason
, according to the Dallas Morning News
Andrus said he's already lost 10 pounds since the end of the year, and is hoping to lose 10 additional pounds going forward. Andrus struggled this past season, hitting .263/.314/.333 over 619 at-bats.
Dombrowski: Tigers SS Jose Iglesias should return as starter
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Tigers general manager and president Dave Dombrowski believes shortstop Jose Iglesias
is talented enough to regain the starting spot
in 2015 that he lost this year to injury.
Dombrowski told MLive.com that he didn't want to "anoint" Iglesias as the starter because Brad Ausmus and his coaching staff deserves to make that determination after seeing him perform in spring training. But he added that the medical prognosis looks good.
"The doctors tell me he'll be fine," Dombrowski said. "The doctors tell me he's going to be ready for spring training."
There would appear to be no strong candidate to compete with Iglesias if he picks up where he left off in 2013, when he batted .303 and played sterling defense. They used several players at shortstop, none of whom performed particularly well.
Orioles announce three-year extension for J.J. Hardy
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The Orioles announced the contract extension
of shortstop J.J. Hardy
via Twitter on Thursday. Hardy agreed to a three-year extension with an option for 2018. Hardy has been with the Orioles since 2011, winning a pair of Gold Gloves. He hit .268 with a .372 slugging percentage, .682 OPS, nine home runs, 28 doubles and 52 RBI in 141 games this season for Baltimore.
Brad Miller, Chris Taylor to compete for Mariners' starting shortstop job
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Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Brad Miller
's strong finish to the season means there is no clear-cut favorite for the starting shortstop job heading into spring training, according to MLB.com. Miller is expected to compete with Chris Taylor
for the starting job next season.
"That's a great question and I don't know if I really have the answer right now," McClendon said. "I thought Taylor played extremely well defensively. I'm still intrigued about what Miller is capable of doing from an offensive standpoint. I guess to answer your question, yeah, it's probably wide open."
Jed Lowrie open to returning to A's
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Upcoming free-agent shortstop Jed Lowrie
is willing to listen to the Athletics regarding a potential return next season but admitted that money will be a factor
in his decision, MLB.com reports.
After two years of hitting at least 15 home runs, Lowrie saw his power fall in 2014, hitting .249/.321/.355 with just six home runs and 50 RBI in 502 at-bats. He enters free agency with a career .261/.330/.411 line along with 56 home runs and 284 RBI in 2,253 career at-bats.
Derek Jeter ends career with 3,465 hits
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Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter
went 1 for 2 at the plate before being removed from his final game, finishing his career with 3,465 hits. Jeter finishes his career sixth all-time on the hits leaderboard, and his final hit pushed his career average to .310.
Xander Bogaerts sidelined by hamstring injury Sunday
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Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts
is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's season finale against the Yankees due to a hamstring injury
, the Boston Globe
Eduardo Escobar collects four hits, plates six in win over Tigers
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Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar
collected four hits and drive in six in a convincing 12-3 win over Detroit on Saturday.
Escobar singled in two runs in the fifth, singled in another in the seventh and launched a three-run home run in the eighth inning. He finished 4 for 5 with two runs scored and six RBI. He is hitting .277 with six home runs and 37 RBI over 430 at-bats.
Chris Taylor notches two steals in win vs. Angels
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Mariners shortstop Chris Taylor
went 2 for 3 and stole two bases in his team's 4-3 win over the Angels Friday.
Taylor has yet to homer since joining the team in mid-July after smacking five home runs in 302 at-bats at the Triple-A level, but he's certainly found a way to contribute offensively from the bottom third of the lineup after the Mariners struggled to find offensive production at the position earlier in the season. Taylor has hit .289/.352/.352 with five stolen bases in 128 at-bats.