Report: Orioles make option decisions on three players
by Marty Gitlin |
(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.

Cardinals' Tony Cruz goes yard Thursday
by Chris Cwik |
(10/17/2014) Cardinals catcher Tony Cruz managed a big hit Thursday against the Giants.

Cruz struck in the fourth inning. With the game tied, Cruz stepped to the plate with the bases empty. On the second pitch of the at-bat, he belted an 88 mph slider out to left to put his team ahead. Cruz would also walk twice during the contest. He finished 1 for 2, with two runs scored and one RBI. 

Cardinals' Yadier Molina tried to talk his way into lineup
by Chris Cwik |
(10/16/2014) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina tried to talk his way into the team's starting lineup Thursday, according to the USA Today. 

Molina is dealing with an oblique injury, and is still having trouble swinging a bat. Tony Cruz will get the start with Molina on the bench. 

Cardinals call upon Tony Cruz for Game 5
by Chris Cwik |
(10/16/2014) The Cardinals will go with Tony Cruz behind the plate for Game 5.

With Yadier Molina still unable to return due to an oblique injury, the team will turn to Cruz. A.J. Pierzynski got the nod for Game 4, but will be relagated to the bench Game 5. Cruz hit .200/.270/.259 over 135 at-bats in the regular season. 

Pirates to extend qualifying offer to Russell Martin
by Chris Cwik |
(10/16/2014) The Pirates will extend a qualifying offer to catcher Russell Martin, according to Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

General manager Neal Huntington has said the club will do whatever it can to retain Martin, but there's some believe he's already priced himself out of Pittsburgh's budget. The club reportedly offered Martin a long-term deal during the season, but Martin declined. 

With the qualifying offer, Martin could return to the Pirates for one season at a $15.3 million salary. He's expected to receive a lucrative multi-year deal on the market, so he may end up declining that offer. Martin hit .290/.402/.430 over 379 at-bats.

Giants C Buster Posey drives in three runs in Game 4 NLCS win
by R.J. White |
(10/16/2014) Giants catcher Buster Posey went 2 for 3 with a walk and three RBI in his team's 6-4 win over the Cardinals in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series Wednesday.

Posey put the Giants on the board with a sacrifice fly in the first inning to tie the score 1-1. The Cardinals were able to put three more runs on the board in the next two innings, but Posey responded with an RBI single in the bottom of the third inning. After the Giants took a lead in the sixth, the catcher added an insurance run with another RBI single. Posey has posted a .333 batting average in 39 postseason at-bats but has yet to mange an extra-base hit. Even so, his excellent Game 4 performance has the Giants one win away from heading to the World Series. Game 5 is set for Thursday.

Cardinals C Yadier Molina again sidelined Wednesday
by Marty Gitlin |
(10/15/2014) An oblique injury has Cardinals standout catcher Yadier Molina out of the lineup again Thursday for Game 4 of the National League Championships Series. A.J. Pierzynski is set to start in his place.

Molina, who sustained the injury Sunday, is 5 for 21 in the 2014 postseason.

Cardinals' Yadier Molina to receive cortisone shot
by Chris Cwik |
(10/14/2014) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina will receive a cortisone shot soon, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

Molina is attempting to fight through an oblique injury. Though the issue kept him out of the starting lineup Tuesday, Molina has been adamant that his season isn't done. Molina will likely receive an injection Tuesday or Wednesday. 

Cardinals might consider using Molina as defensive replacement
by Michael Hurcomb |
(10/14/2014) Although Yadier Molina (oblique) is not starting in Game 3 of the NLCS against the Giants, the Cardinals have not ruled out using him as a defensive replacement Tuesday, according to Though, Molina is not scheduled to take batting practice Tuesday, according to manager Mike Matheny.

The Cardinals' medical staff said Molina can't hurt himself further, according to USA Today. It's just a pain-tolerance issue.

A.J. Pierzynski starts in place of Yadier Molina in Game 3 of NLCS
by Michael Hurcomb |
(10/14/2014) As expected, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was not in the starting lineup for Game 3 of the NLCS against the Giants due to an oblique injury. A.J. Pierzynski started at catcher Tuesday for the Cardinals.

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