Nelson Cruz reiterates desire to stay with Orioles
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2014) Impending free agent Nelson Cruz reiterated after Wednesday's ALCS elimination that he'd like to stay with the Orioles this offseason, masnsports.com reports.

Cruz said he loves the organization and team. However, he'll be looking to cash in on an excellent walk year after leading the majors with 40 home runs. He hit .271/.333/.525 with 108 RBI in 613 at-bats during the regular season.


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.


Report: Orioles trying to get deal done with Nelson Cruz
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2014) The Orioles are pushing to get a deal done with outfielder Nelson Cruz, sources told FOX Sports.

Cruz's agents met with Orioles general manager Dan Duquette this week, sources told FOX Sports. Cruz recently changed agents from Wasserman Media Group to Relativity Sports.

CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported in late August the two sides expressed an interest in a contract extension.

Cruz, who signed a one-year deal in the offseason, clubbed a career-best 40 home runs in 2014. He also hit .271 with a .525 slugging percentage, .859 OPS, 32 doubles, 87 runs and a career-high 108 RBI in 159 games.

Cruz has stayed hot in the playoffs, batting .500 (6 for 12) with two home runs and five RBI during a three-game sweep of the Tigers in the ALDS.


Delmon Young delivers three-run pinch-hit double in Game 2 win
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) Orioles designated hitter Delmon Young came up big in a pinch-hit appearance Friday, smacking a three-run double in the eighth inning to put his team ahead for good in a 7-6 win over the Tigers in Game 2 of the American League Division Series.

Young didn't get into his team's Game 1 win, but he was called upon to face Joakim Soria with his team down 6-4 after a walk loaded the bases in Game 2. The crucial hit comes after Young delivered a .302/.337/.442 line in 242 regular-season at-bats.


Nelson Cruz drives in three Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2014) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz drove in three runs Thursday against the Tigers.

Cruz wasted no time getting to work, hitting a home run in his first at-bat. With a man on, Cruz blasted a 94 mph fastball from Max Scherzer out to right center for a two-run shot. Cruz would add a run-scoring single in the eighth inning. He finished 2 for 4, with two runs scored and three RBI. 


C.J. Cron to DH in Game 1 of ALDS
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Angels first baseman C.J. Cron will serve as the designated hitter in Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Royals Thursday, MLB.com reports.

After a sold start to his season in May and June, Cron has slowed down considerably in the second half, hitting just .209/.261/.395 with two home runs in 43 at-bats in September. He wrapped up his first major-league season with a .256/.289/.450 line along with 11 home runs and 37 RBI in 242 at-bats.


Yankees' Carlos Beltran undergoes elbow surgery
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) The Yankees announced that outfielder Carlos Beltran underwent surgery to remove loose pieces and a bone spur from his right elbow, per the Journal News on Tuesday.

The procedure is not expected to slow him down in the offseason. Beltran is expected to resume throwing and hitting in roughly six weeks. He should be cleared to begin playing in 12 weeks, according to the paper.

Beltran appeared in just three of the final 20 games in September because of the issue. He finished the year with a .233/.301/.402 line with 15 home runs and 49 RBI in 403 at-bats.


Mariners bring Jesus Montero back to 40-man roster
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) The Mariners activated designated hitter Jesus Montero from the suspended list, which puts him back on the 40-man roster. Montero was suspended after getting into an altercation in late August with a team employee in the minors.

Red Sox not concerned with David Ortiz's wrist injury
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz has been receiving treatment on his injured left wrist, according to MassLive.com.

Ortiz missed the final five games of the season with the injury.Though it's the same wrist Ortiz had surgery on in 2008, general manager Ben Cherington said the team is not concerned with the issue.

"It should resolve itself over the course of the offseason," Cherington said.


Paul Konerko wraps up career in cleanup slot Sunday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko went 0 for 3 while batting cleanup in his final career game as his team fell 6-4 to the Royals in Sunday's season finale.

Konerko started his career in 1997 by recording seven at-bats with the Dodgers but played 16 of his 18 seasons with the White Sox. He ends an excellent major-league career with 439 home runs, 1,412 RBI and nine stolen bases while playing 2,349 games.


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