Royals' Lorenzo Cain won't stop hitting
by Chris Cwik |
(12:06 am ET) Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain continued to assault baseballs Wednesday against the Giants.

Cain has been on a tear during the postseason, and that didn't stop Wednesday. After doubling in his first at-bat, Cain would come around to score the team's first run of the night. He would later single to lead off the sixth inning, and would come around to score again later in the frame. Cain finished 2 for 4, with two runs scored and no RBI. 

Tigers OF Torii Hunter believes he proved his worth in 2014
by Marty Gitlin |
(10/22/2014) Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter appears to be leaning toward a return in 2015. That will allow to play into his 40s - he turns 40 in July.

Hunter maintained his consistency and productivity in 2014 by batting .286 with 17 home runs and 83 RBI while batting mostly second in the lineup. But his team was knocked out without winning a game in the postseason.

"Playing for a contender is very important to me," he told "But taking a lesser role will be hard for me when my core numbers are pretty good, not just for a guy that's 39 years old but also for a 22-year-old player. The last three or four months of the season, I played pretty good defense as well.

"I know that we all get older, but until I give you signs that I can't help a team, don't count me out just yet. I've been one of the most consistent hitters in baseball. Everybody knows what they are going to get."

Jose Bautista hoping Melky Cabrera remains with Blue Jays
by Marty Gitlin |
(10/22/2014) Blue Jays star teammate Jose Bautista has handicapped a return of free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera at about 50-50, per Sportsnet.

"I think he's going to allow the team a chance to come and match any offer that he might get out on the free agent market," Bautista said. "I think the Blue Jays are going to have a shot at bringing him back so hopefully for our fan base and for my sake - making my job easier and having him on base a lot, because he does get on base a lot with his bat - hopefully the team does take that chance and re-sign him somehow."

Cabrera performed well in his second season with Toronto, compiling a stat line of .301/.351/.458 and scoring 81 runs.

Red Sox OF Rusney Castillo day-to-day with hand/thumb injury
by R.J. White |
(10/21/2014) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo is day-to-day after suffering a bruised hand/thumb during Arizona Fall League play Monday, reports.

Castillo suffered the injury while getting jammed during an at-bat. He signed a $72.5-million deal in August that runs through 2020.

Lorenzo Cain named ALCS MVP after Game 4 win
by R.J. White |
(10/15/2014) 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
by Marty Gitlin |
(10/15/2014) 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
by Marty Gitlin |
(10/15/2014) 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 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
by Marty Gitlin |
(10/15/2014) What was previously reported has apparently played out - the Rangers have declined the team option on outfielder Alex Rios, per 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.

Orioles' Adam Jones goes deep in loss
by Chris Cwik |
(10/11/2014) Orioles outfielder Adam Jones went deep in the team's loss Saturday.

Jones struck in the third inning. With a man on base, Jones took a 95 mph fastball out to left to tie the game 3-3. Jones also singled in the contest. He finished 2 for 5, with one run scored and two RBI.

Royals' Lorenzo Cain continues to dominate
by Chris Cwik |
(10/11/2014) Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain continued his dominant postseason Saturday against the Orioles.

Cain notched four hits against Baltimore. He doubled once and singled three times during the contest. He scored two runs and drove in one RBI. Cain also made a tremendous defensive play during the contest, ranging to his left to make a diving catch. 

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